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Tennessee GOP calling for closed primaries

Robert Houk, Johnson City Press • Dec 4, 2018 at 1:19 PM

Top officials with the Tennessee Republican Party want to stop “crossover” voting in GOP elections by closing the state’s current open primary system.

The GOP’s State Executive Committee approved a resolution Saturday asking the Republican-controlled Tennessee General Assembly to require residents register by party affiliation. Currently, Tennessee law allows registered voters to request the partisan primary ballot they wish to mark on election day.

Third District State Executive Committee members Todd Fowler and Anita Hodges Taylor split on the issue, with the Johnson City commissioner among the 45 voting “yes,” and Taylor being one of the 14 “no” votes.

Taylor said she polled Republican leaders in Carter, Unicoi and Washington counties and most said they are happy with the current primary process. She said they believe the open primary system has helped the GOP elect better nominees, such as U.S. Rep. Phil Roe and Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy.

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