Resolution to close Republican primaries in North Carolina.
Whereas, the current North Carolina practice of holding open primaries, could allow non-Republicans to pick the North Carolina GOP candidates for the general election.
Whereas, the North Carolina GOP can close the primaries as per ;§ 163 119. Voting by unaffiliated voter in party primary. If a political party has, by action of its State Executive Committee reported to the State Board of Elections by resolution delivered no later than the first day of December preceding a primary, provided that unaffiliated voters may vote in the primary of that party, an unaffiliated voter may vote in the primary of that party by announcing that intention under G.S. 163 166.7(a). For a party to withdraw its permission, it must do so by action of its State Executive Committee, similarly reported to the State Board of Elections no later than the first day of December preceding the primary where the withdrawal is to become effective. (1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 762, s. 7; 2002 159, s. 21(a).)
Whereas, Republicans are most likely to pick the candidates that most closely adhere to and advance the platform of the NC GOP.
Whereas, the significant number of Republicans who have recently left the GOP may well be encouraged to re-register as Republicans if that were the only way they could influence the party slate.
Whereas, open primaries make it possible for non-Republicans to skew the primary vote so that the candidate that most reflects the values of the Republican Party does not receive enough votes to avoid an expensive run-off election.
Whereas, hijinks such as Sen. Thad Cochran’s controversial tactic of recruiting Democrats to secure his nomination in Mississippi’s most recent Republican primary result in a lack of trust in the electoral process by the voting public.
Whereas, trust in the party is essential if our GOP candidates are to win elections.
Therefore be it resolved that the NC State GOP close its primaries and allow only registered Republicans to vote in them and that this resolution shall become effective upon adoption.
Written by Fremont V Brown III
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Tenth Day of March in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fifteen.