GOP may seek closed primaries in Tennessee

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ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) – The executive committee of the Tennessee Republican Party plans to meet next month to discuss a proposal that would change the primary election process.

The Johnson City Press reports GOP leaders will discuss whether to pass a resolution that would essentially recommend that lawmakers pass legislation that would close primaries.

That would mean voters would have to register with their political party before casting a ballot in primary elections, and they could only vote for candidates identifying with the same party. For example, only those registered as Republican can vote for Republican candidates.

Former Unicoi County sheriff and Tennessee Republican Party Executive Committeeman Kent Harris said he favors a closed primary and was one of 16 members to request the special-called meeting in Nashville on Feb. 7.

Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com

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