At their meeting Saturday in Richmond, the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee voted unanimously to repeal the party statement of affiliation, referred to as a loyalty oath, for Virginia’s 2016 GOP Presidential Primary to be held on March 1. The oath required voters to sign a pledge stating they were Republican.
State Central originally voted for the pledge in the effort to block Democrats from participating but were immediately met with an outcry of protests. Not surprising, considering previous loyalty oaths have caused the same negative feedback in the past.
At this point, it is merely a show since the State Board of Elections has already begun to mail absentee ballots with only a month to go until the primary. So armed with the knowledge that it was too late to make a difference, was this simply a show of, “At least we tried”?