SC GOP suit seeks party registration for primaries

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Republicans want to limit their primaries to supporters and are taking the issue to federal court.

The state GOP and Greenville County Republican Party said Thursday they have filed a federal lawsuit to force the state Legislature to require voters to register by party before voting in primaries.

The lawsuit won't affect Tuesday's voting.

Patrick Haddon is chairman of the Greenville GOP and has been working on the effort for months. He says he wants people to choose parties at least 30 days before elections and maybe as much as 90 days ahead.

Haddon says the effort is not intended to drive away voters who tend vote Republican but identify themselves as political independents.

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