The lawsuit challenges a 2016 ballot measure as a violation of Republican Party rights under the 1st and 14th Amendments.
DENVER — A hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Colorado will decide whether Republicans can obtain a preliminary injunction against the state to bar unaffiliated voters from participating in the June 28 primary.
The state’s GOP Central Committee authorized the lawsuit last September after rejecting a request to void the 2022 primaries. However, as noted in a response from Attorney General Phil Weiser, the state’s GOP doesn’t was not an original plaintiff in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit challenges a 2016 ballot measure as a violation of the Republican Party’s First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association, and the 14th Amendment right to equal protection under the law.
> Above video from March 1: Republicans are suing Griswold to block unaffiliated voters from participating in the primaries.
Represented by attorneys Randy Corporon and John Eastman, a former professor of conservative thought at the University of Colorado, the plaintiffs include Rep. Ron Hanks of Cañon City, who is seeking a Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate; Laurel Imer of Jefferson County, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Congressional District 7; former State Representative Joann Windholz, chair of the Adams County Republican Party; Dave Peters, who chairs the La Plata County Republican Party and the Republican Party for Congressional District 3; and, Casper Stockham, nominee for CD 7 in 2020.
The defendant in the lawsuit is Secretary of State Jena Griswold.
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