Will State or OC GOP Require a Loyalty Oath Like Virginia Does?

Found this story off of the Associated Press.  If you’re a Republican and you plan to vote in Virginia’s primary, you must pledge an oath of loyalty to the Republican Party.

It’s catching on elsewhere…..could it happen here?

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If you’re planning to vote in Virginia’s February Republican presidential primary, be prepared to sign an oath swearing your Republican loyalty.

The State Board of Elections on Monday approved a state Republican Party request to require all who apply for a GOP primary ballot first vow in writing that they’ll vote for the party’s presidential nominee next fall.

There’s no practical way to enforce the oath.  Virginia doesn’t require voters to register by party, and for years the state’s Republicans have fretted that Democrats might meddle in their open primaries.

Virginia Democrats aren’t seeking such an oath for their presidential primary, which is held the same day — February 12th.

  5 comments for “Will State or OC GOP Require a Loyalty Oath Like Virginia Does?

  1. November 29, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    That is completely asinine and unenforceable. It’s a frikkin secret ballot. What are they gonna do, start putting cameras in the voting booth?

  2. Jim Moreno
    November 29, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    When will the Virginia GOP start issuing “Brown Shirts?”

    Jim Moreno

  3. anon
    November 29, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Wow. Californians looking down on Virginia… Virginia at least does not require all public employees to swear an oath to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Folks you still have on the books your own McCarthy era red-baiting loyalty oath. On pain of perjury charges and as much as 14 years in prison you’d better sign the CA oath without any private reservations–that too is unenforcable until there are listening-chips in all our brains. But hey, Silicon Valley is working on that I’m sure!

  4. November 30, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    AP is reporting that RPV has scrapped the (dis)loyalty oath.

  5. anon
    November 30, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    But has California scrapped its loyalty oath?

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