Are closed primaries in Missouri’s future? Bill would ask voters for party affiliation

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A possible change to Missouri election law could help usher in a new era of closed party primaries in the state. Missouri’s open primary system allows voters to choose the ballot of any political party they want on primary day. And under current law, voters aren’t asked which political party they belong to when they register. But legislation on Gov. Mike Parson’s desk would give voters the option to affiliate with a political party — a potential precursor to a closed primary system that bars outsiders from participating in a certain party’s primary. The bill on Parson’s d…

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