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Colorado Republicans clash over proposal to boot unaffiliated voters from GOP primaries

Arapahoe County GOP issues statement opposing bylaws amendment that would make it easier to cancel primary.

DENVER — Colorado Republicans are preparing to again decide whether to cancel the upcoming primary election in order to prevent unaffiliated voters from helping pick the party's nominees to the general election ballot.

The state GOP has considered — and overwhelmingly rejected — the move every election cycle since voters approved a 2016 statewide ballot initiative that opened Democratic and Republican primaries to voters who aren't affiliated with any party.

But this year it's different, say GOP leaders who support amending party bylaws to make it easier for its governing body to call off the primary and let Republicans nominate Republican candidates.

That could happen on Aug. 5 at a special meeting of the Republicans' state central committee in Castle Rock, which was initially called to elect a new state vice chair after Priscila Rahn, who won a second two-year term in the position in April, resigned last month to campaign for a seat on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

In addition to replacing Rahn, the central committee will also vote on a series of proposed bylaws amendments, including one that would effectively reduce the number of votes it will take to cancel the primary.

>9NEWS readers can view the full article at Colorado Politics.

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