Resolutions

Resolution in Support of the Right of Free Association

June 9, 2007
This resolution was adopted at the 2007 Loudoun County Republican Convention

Whereas, the Commonwealth of Virginia currently denies individuals the Constitutional right of free association due to the lack of registration by political party; and

Whereas, the Republican Party was founded on the preservation of individual liberty by observing constitutional limitations; and

Whereas, the existing voter registration system has encouraged the corruption of the nomination process by allowing partisans of both parties to vote in the nomination process of the opposing party; and

Whereas, the current voter registration system has weakened the Republican Party in Virginia by allowing people who do not freely associate with the Party to select Republican nominees for public office; and

Whereas, the Commonwealth of Virginia is one of only two states in America that does not have registration by political party; and

Whereas, the Republican Party of Virginia has by-laws (the State Party Plan) for the governance of the organization; and

Whereas, the State Party Plan has the following language "Primary shall be as defined in and subject to the Election Laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, except to the extent that any provisions of such laws infringe the right to freedom of association": Now therefore, be it

Resolved, that the 2007 Loudoun County Republican Party Convention urges the State Central Committee to work to secure the Constitutional right of Republicans to freely associate with each other to choose their nominees; and be it further

Resolved, that the 2007 Loudoun County Republican Party Convention delegation urges the Republican members of the Virginia General Assembly to support and the General Assembly to expeditiously enact legislation to require registration by political party, thus guaranteeing the right of free association; and be it further

Resolved, that the Chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Party is directed to immediately disseminate this resolution to the Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, the members of its State Central Committee and to the Republican members of the Virginia General Assembly, and the members of the Press

Adopted June 9, 2007

Paul B. Protic, Chairman
Loudoun Republican Convention