The [Virginia] Republican Party will require voters to sign a loyalty oath in order to participate in the March 6 presidential primary.
Anyone who wants to vote must sign a form at the polling place pledging to support the eventual Republican nominee for president. Anyone who refuses to sign the pledge will be barred from voting. [...]
Signs for polling places and the pledge form will advise voters that “Section 24.2-545 of the Code of Virginia allows the political party holding a primary to determine requirements for voting in the primary, including ‘the signing of a pledge by the voter of his intention to support the party’s candidate when offering to vote in the primary.’ ”
The pledge will require the voter to sign and to print his name beneath a line that says: “I, the undersigned, pledge that I intend to support the nominee of the Republican Party for president.”
I could try to be outraged by this Soviet Muppet Babies version of democracy, but I can't. It's too silly and pathetic—although I am impressed with just how often Republicans require "loyalty oaths" from their voters or even just from people wanting to hear them speak.
Virginia has open primaries, which makes this relevant. You don't have to be in a given party to vote in their primary (though of course you can only vote in one party's primary, not both of them). This appears to be an attempt to skirt the state's open primary law, supported by the State Board of Elections itself, in order to filter out non-party-members
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