Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Open Primary Proposal

Jun 19, 2014

The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot item that would allow top vote getters in primary elections, regardless of party affiliation, to advance to the general election.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office wrote Wednesday that the proposal would violate the First Amendment in that it would block political parties from freedom of association.

The measure, sponsored by David E. Dinwiddie, would create a "blanket primary" system, in which all candidates would be on a single primary ballot. That would do away with the present need for voters to select a Republican or Democratic ballot to cast votes in a primary.

McDaniel's office said the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar law in California in 2000.