By Derrick DePledge
David Chang, the chairman of the state GOP, said Tuesday that Republicans prefer open primaries.
In response to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court by the Democratic Party of Hawaii challenging the state's open primary system as an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment right to free association, Chang said in a statement that the minority party invites all voters to participate in GOP primaries.
We invite the participation of Republicans, Independents, and dissatisfied Democrats in the Hawaii Republican Party's open primaries to provide voters in every district with a community-focused General Election alternative that reflects the values of the majority of Hawaii's voters.
In contrast, the Democrats seek to limit who may participate in selection of their candidates to protect the interests of their party bosses, machine politics, and their far left base.