The Senate on Thursday endorsed a decade-old practice of letting voters affiliate with a party and vote the day of a primary election, but not without some resistance.
For the last 10 years, voters who are not affiliated with any political party can show up at the Republican primary, join the party, and vote in that primary. But the law allowing that provision is due to expire this year. If that expired, a voter would have to register with the party 30 days or more before the primary to cast a ballot in the GOP runoff.
Both the Republican and the Democratic parties support extending it, although HB262 would not affect Democrats, who do not require voters to be affiliated with the party in order to vote in the primary.