Tashjian v. Republican Party of Connecticut
United States Supreme Court
479 U.S. 208 (1986)
A Connecticut election statute required voters in a party’s primary to be registered members of that party. The Republican Party of Connecticut (RPC) (plaintiff) adopted a party rule under which independents could vote in Republican primaries for federal and state offices. The plaintiff brought suit, challenging the Connecticut statute on First Amendment freedom of association grounds. The district court granted the RPC summary judgment and the court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Marshall, J.)
Dissent (Stevens, J.)
Dissent (Scalia, J.)
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