Mississippi Democratic Lawsuit Against Open Primary Set for March 6 Hearing
February 4th, 2008
The 5th circuit will hear oral arguments in Mississippi Democratic Party v Barbour on March 6. This is the case in which the Democratic Party seeks to prevent non-members from voting in its primaries.
The party mostly won the case in U.S. District Court last year, except the U.S. District Court surprised everyone and said the Democrats can have their closed primary if they wish, but that the judge would also require that primary voters must show photo I.D. to vote at the polls (something that wasn’t even an issue in this lawsuit). The Democrats will be defending the part of that decision concerning closed primaries, but trying to overcome the part about photo I.D.