Hawaii Democrats challenge state's open primary elections

Published On: Jun 19 2013 03:42:00 PM HST

The Democratic Party of Hawaii is challenging the state's open primary elections.
 with a federal lawsuit seeking a Party Preference primary.

In Hawaii's primary elections once you get into the voting booth you can choose which party to vote with.

Democratic Party Chair Dante Carpenter wants voters to openly declare their party choice when they are given ballots.

Hawaii is one of only 11 states that has a open primary.  Carpenter says it is against the US Constitution and thatthe change would produce better candidates for parties heading into the general election.

"What is happening now is there is a smorgasbord of parties literally working to undermine other parties without even knowing the individuals," commented Carpenter. "Not caring to know the individuals but wanting to put their own forward in the exclusion of the others irrespective of the merits of the individuals."

Carpenter says this change would be keeping with the the bylaws of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.

Hawaii Republican Party chair David Chang says his party's delegates chose in 2011 to retain the open primary.

He describes the Democratic Party of Hawaii's suit as an attempt to "protect the interests of their party bosses, machine politics and their far left base."


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