Missouri Bills to Convert Primaries from Open to Closed

Bills have been introduced in each house of the Missouri legislature to change primaries from open to closed. The bills are SB 907 by Senator Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) and HB 1450 by Representative Dan Stacy (R-Blue Springs).

The bills are flawed, because they don’t have a provision allowing parties to invite independents to vote in their primaries. In 1986 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Tashjian v Republican Party of Connecticut that parties have the freedom to let independents vote in their primaries, if they wish.

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