Constitutional Law Keyed to Cohen
California Democratic Party v. Jones
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In 1996, California changed to a blanket primary system, wherein all persons entitled to vote could vote for any candidate, regardless of their political affiliation. The Petitioners brought suit, alleging the primaries would be diluted and that their associations would have less impact on the determination of political candidates. The District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed that the burden on the rights of association were not severe. The Supreme Court of the United States (Supreme Court) granted certiorari.
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