Bolling Endorses Party Registration
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) has endorsed a bill by Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William) that would allow Virginia voters to register with a political party.
Bolling sent a letter to lawmakers today that says party registration would "maintain the integrity of the party nomination process in Virginia" and allow candidates "to more effectively identify voters and efficiently communicate with them."
There have been growing calls among Republicans to implement party registration. Virginia voters currently do not register by party, meaning they can decide on the day of the primary whether they want to vote in the Republican or Democratic nomination contest. Some conservatives argue Democratic-leaning voters should not be allowed decide who the GOP nominates for state, local and federal offices.
But Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said recently he prefers the current system because he thinks most Virginians like being labeled as independent.
January 15, 2008; 4:19 PM ET
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