GOP Rules Prohibit Independents From Voting in California Republican Primary, Not a Nefarious Plot

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Voters cast ballots at a polling station at the Big Bear Lake Methodist Church in Big Bear, California, Nov. 8, 2016. (Credit: BILL WECHTER/AFP via Getty Images)

Voters cast ballots at a polling station at the Big Bear Lake Methodist Church in Big Bear, California, Nov. 8, 2016. (Credit: BILL WECHTER/AFP via Getty Images)

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As election day approaches, social media posts warn of a nefarious plot to limit who can vote in California‘s Republican presidential primary.

But the message is false: The only limit on participation is one imposed by the GOP‘s state and national leaders.

Their decision bans California’s 5.4 million so-called “independent” voters from casting primary ballots for President Trump or any of his six challengers in the March 3 statewide election.

“This is a self-inflicted wound,” said George Andrews, a GOP campaign organizer. “We can’t be the kind of Republicans anymore [who] exclude people.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

 

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