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Virginia GOP To Require Primary Loyalty Oath

by @ 7:35 am on November 27, 2007. Filed under Virginia, Virginia Politics

The State Board of Elections has approved a request from the Virginia GOP that will require everyone who votes in February’s Republican primary to sign a “loyalty oath”:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If you’re planning to vote in Virginia’s February Republican presidential primary, be prepared to sign an oath swearing your Republican loyalty.

The State Board of Elections on Monday approved a state Republican Party request to require all who apply for a GOP primary ballot first vow in writing that they’ll vote for the party’s presidential nominee next fall.

There’s no practical way to enforce the oath.  Virginia doesn’t require voters to register by party, and for years the state’s Republicans have fretted that Democrats might meddle in their open primaries.

In the end, this is immensely stupid idea. There’s no way to enforce the oath and all it will end up doing is turning people away from the Republican Party.

15 Responses to “Virginia GOP To Require Primary Loyalty Oath”

  1. Cato says:

    You’ve nailed it. That’s a great way to get independents and conservative leaning dems, make them swear a loyalty oath to Herr Gilmore. You know that is where this is coming from, that and the Ron Paul Revolution. Why is the GOP so scared of a real genuine conservative?

  2. Virginia says:

    Has this ever been done before? In other states, or in VA?

  3. The GOP is scared of people of principle because it fears what it doesn’t understand.

  4. We could have used that this past May….

    Better late than never…

    What planet did Cato beam down from? Does Republican Primary denote that Republicans should be voting in it?

    You got to love these people that adopt one or two Conservative issues (rarely taxes), and then pronounce themselves Conservative. CINO’s it would seem.

  5. Two Questions:

    1. What is the value of making people sign an “oath” that cannot be enforced ?

    2. Why should I have to promise the GOP that I will vote for whoever the GOP nominates for President when there’s no way in hell that I could vote for at least three of the people running (Huckabee, Giuliani, and McCain) ?

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  7. A LOYALTY oath?!…

    Have they lost their minds? The Republican Party has broken faith with its base in so many ways these past years that I cannot BEGIN to list them… And now they want US to swear loyalty to THEM?! I don’t bloody well think so! For one, as Doug says, t…

  8. qwerty42 says:

    And if you refuse to “vow you will vote for the Republican”, no matter who it is, can they refuse to allow you to participate in an open primary? And the full force of the state will be used to enforce this? Can the Secretary of State of the Commonwealth also require that prospective participants end the vow with “cross my heart and hope to die” if the Republicans (or Democrats or whomever) so request? What about hop on one leg? Who pays the court costs of a challenge? The state (it has been approved, after all) or the party (it is their “rule”)?

  9. rhinsker says:

    This makes me want to vote in the primary. Never in my 24 years of voting have I voted for any GOOPER.
    Bring me the wingy-est wingnut you can find, and I will pledge!

  10. mrh says:

    Is this even legal?

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  12. Gregory says:

    The few, the proud, the unelected…

  13. dcshark says:

    This happened during the 2000 Republican primaries. The Rs were concerned about Ds voting for McCain over Bush….

    Its a stupid piece of paper, not worth the tree that it kills. Its not legally binding.

  14. NotRPV says:

    The real question is who at RPV authorized this. It was not discussed at the last state central meeting nor the executive committee meeting. Is this Hager or Judd off on a crazy tangent again ? If it’s Judd, he needs to be gone.

  15. JRofR says:

    While it certainly can’t be enforced, its purpose is to deter non-Republicans from voting in a Republican primary. After all, any conscientious person who understands this oath before stepping into the booth will think twi–…oh, wait a minute. We’re talking about Dems here. Unprincipled, unscrupulous, stir-the-pot rabble rousers. Bad idea. This will only entice the unwashed masses to turn out in droves and wreck our primary.

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