GOP will demand 'oath' of February primary voters
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.This is not a surprise the current Republican Party demands lock step loyalty above all else. Karl Rove was constantly warning Republican lawmakers to give George everything he wanted or they would pay. But it's really stupid and makes the Virginia Republican party look petty and stupid. It's without any legal standing and unenforceable.
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.
Even the NRO agrees:
Totally Bizarre And Out of Line
I would feel differently if this were a private, party-funded event to pick the nominee — in that case, they can make you stand on your head for all I care. But Virginia has an open primary that is funded by the government. It is extremely strange that the state Board of Elections would allow this.