A bill, introduced yesterday, to have voters register by party and not allow crossover voting in primaries:
SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 1963
96TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES PARKINSON (Sponsor), JONES (89), TILLEY, SCHOELLER, NANCE, SOMMER, CONWAY (14), McCAHERTY, LONG, KELLEY (126), SCHARNHORST, ZERR, BAHR, CURTMAN AND GATSCHENBERGER (Co-sponsors).
To repeal sections 115.135, 115.137, 115.155, 115.157, 115.163, 115.225, 115.249, and 115.637, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof nine new sections relating to primary elections, with penalty provisions.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
4. Any person updating or changing such person’s party affiliation as required under section 115.166 may update or change such party affiliation for the upcoming election at any time before the deadline for registration for such election established in this section. Any update or change to such person’s party affiliation made after the deadline for registration established in this section shall be effective only for subsequent elections.
3. For all primary elections held after January 1, 2013, any person who is entitled to vote in such primary under this chapter shall be entitled to vote only the official primary election ballot of the political party designated in the person’s voter registration. Any person attempting to vote or voting a primary election ballot of a political party other than that for which the person’s designated party affiliation qualifies the person to vote shall be guilty of a class four election offense as provided in section 115.637.
3. Any person who fails to designate a party affiliation shall be registered without a party affiliation. The election authority shall notify the person by mail that the person has been registered without a party affiliation and that the person may change or update the person’s party affiliation as provided in section 115.166.
Who would ever consider crossover voting in a primary?