It’s almost primary time, voters of America, so get ready for more electoral shenanigans! The venerable southern state of Virginia is fast out of the gates this election season, thanks to the local Republican Party, which came up with the ingenious idea of requiring voters who want to take part in February’s presidential primary to pledge that they’ll also cast their vote for the Republican presidential nominee next Nov. 4.
There’s no practical way to enforce the oath. Virginia doesn’t require voters to register by party, and for years the state’s Republicans have fretted that Democrats might meddle in their open primaries.
Virginia Democrats aren’t seeking such an oath for their presidential primary, which is held the same day—February 12th.