But the big surprise came as she was reciting the procedures. "... and people registered as other may vote Republican, Democrat, or Green party."
Whhhaaaaaat? There was a recent state supreme court case that supposedly disallowed this. In fact, Arizona used to have a sizeable independent registration. Last time at the ballot box for the presidential preference election, they flat out told people if you want to vote you have to be registered with the party. Most re-registered with a major party so they could vote in the presidential preference election. Today they are saying if you're registered "OTH" you can vote anything except Capitol L Libertarian. I could not believe it (after all, there was that
6) The Board Worker issuing the ballots:
a. Looks up the voter by Register Number in the Precint Register and determines the correct ballot to be issued by looking at the far right hand column for the correct party code. If the party code is OTH, ask the voter if they would like a Republican, Democrat or Green part ballot. Note: if the vother of a declared party they MUST vote that party's ballot. Only if the voter's party code is designated OTH, does the voter have a choice. _However OTH voters may NOT choose a Liberatarian ballot._
Other similar instructions mention the court case.
Dave Hardy - I'm coming to you with this question. What's the story here? Was there another court case between the primary and today or did someone's legal opinion change?
Update: Dave corrects my recollection...
Dave went on the explain only the Libertarians objected to non-party members voting in their primary so the law only applies to them. I predict a slow migration back to "OTH" status so people can muck with their opponent's primary process.It was the 9th US Circuit Ct of Apps, and then on remand the US Dist Ct. for AZ, that did the job.
Thanks for the correction Dave!