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Federal court to determine unaffiliated voters’ eligibility to participate in primaries

The suit challenges a 2016 ballot measure as a violation of the Republican Party's rights provided by the 1st and 14th amendments.

DENVER — A hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court for Colorado will decide whether Republicans can obtain a preliminary injunction against the state to block unaffiliated voters from participating in the June 28 primary.

The state GOP central committee authorized the lawsuit last September after turning down a request to call off the 2022 primaries. However, as noted in a response by Attorney General Phil Weiser, the state GOP was not an original plaintiff in the lawsuit.

The suit challenges a 2016 ballot measure as a violation of the Republican Party's First Amendment rights of free speech and free association, and the 14th Amendment right to equal protection under the law.

> Video above from March 1: Republicans sue Griswold to stop unaffiliated voters from participating in primaries.

Represented by attorneys Randy Corporon and John Eastman, formerly a professor of conservative thought at the University of Colorado, the plaintiffs include Rep. Ron Hanks of Cañon City, who is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate; Laurel Imer of Jefferson County, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Congressional District 7; former state Rep. Joann Windholz, chair of the Adams County Republican Party; Dave Peters, who chairs the La Plata County Republican Party and the Congressional District 3 Republican Party; and, Casper Stockham, a candidate for CD 7 in 2020.

The lawsuit's defendant is Secretary of State Jena Griswold.

> Continue reading this story on ColoradoPolitics.com

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