Hawaii Monitor: Primarily Politics

Hawaii State Elections Office

The Democratic Party of Hawaii has taken the politically risky step of asking a federal judge to throw out a provision of the state constitution protecting the “secrecy of voting” and the confidentiality of voters’ party affiliations.

The lawsuit filed this week by the Democratic Party of Hawaii challenges the state’s open primary election system, and is creating a very strange spectacle of the dominant political party apparently engaged in a civil war with itself.

On one side is the state Democratic Party organization, which hopes to persuade a federal judge that our primary elections since 1980 have unconstitutionally restricted the party’s “right of association” guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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