Posted by Jesse Shayne on September 25, 2017 at 3:03 PM
Colorado Republicans vote to keep 2018 primaries open to unaffiliated voters
Proposal to close the primaries only garnered 33 percent of the votes
A move to close the 2018 Republican primaries to unaffiliated voters was stopped Saturday after a majority of the party leaders voted against the proposal during a Central Committee Meeting.
Voters approved Proposition 108 in 2016, overhauling how major-party candidates are selected in the Colorado and allowing the state’s 1.4 million unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in either the Republican or Democratic primaries.
But a caveat allowed political parties to opt out by a 75 percent vote of its entire central committee. The party did not have enough members present to reach that percentage, making the move dead before the votes had been cast, Colorado Republican Party spokesman Daniel Cole said.
Regardless, those present voted and opt-out proponents only garnered 33 percent of the vote, Cole said. The remaining 67 percent voted to keep the primaries open.
Had the proposal passed, the Republican party would have left statewide office nominations to party insiders. Instead, the Republican candidate will receive the party’s nomination by winning the most votes in the June 26 primary.
The move to close the primaries could technically come up again before June 26 but Cole said that won’t happen.
A motion to sue to overturn Proposition 8 also went down by the same margin, Cole said.