The Chairman and Board of the Arizona Libertarian Party (AZLP) have voted to open the August 28, 2012 Libertarian Primary Election to members of political parties that are not entitled to continued representation on the ballot pursuant to section ARS 16-804, and to voters who are registered as independent or no party preferred. This move is an open invitation to disaffected voters who do not support the Republican or Democrat Parties.
Later, the article states:
As stated by State Chairman Warren Severin, "It has been a long-standing tradition in the Arizona Libertarian Party to welcome libertarian-minded independent-registered voters. They have always been able to sign our petitions for office. This opens the door for them to vote in the Libertarian primary this year."
Contrast that with this article from September 29th, 2007 from KTAR.com:
Judge: Independents Can't Vote in Libertarian Party Primary
TUCSON, Ariz. - Independent voters will be barred from casting ballots in the Libertarian Party primary under a ruling issued by a Tucson federal court judge this week, a case that could eventually affect the statewide open primary system.
Arizona opened its primary elections in 2002, allowing independent voters and those belonging to parties not on the ballot to chose a party at the polls. The number of registered independents and unaffiliated voters in the state has since doubled, to about 28 percent.
The ruling issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins came in a case filed by the Libertarian Party, which argued that the law threatened their right to free association.
The ruling was an affirmation of the right of a political party to choose its own fate, said David Hardy, the Libertarians' lawyer in the case.
``This is the flip side of free association,'' Hardy said. ``If you have the right to associate, you have the right not to associate.''
So - which is it? - Ed