PREAMBLE (Republican Party Platform)
We, the Republican Party of the Great State of Utah, affirm our belief in God and declare our support for government based upon a moral and spiritual foundation. We affirm freedom for every individual as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and protected by the Constitution. We believe that citizens' needs are best met through free enterprise, private initiative, and volunteerism. We support the “Rule of Law” and believe in upholding the law of the land.
A simple definition of the word liberty is “the state or condition of people who are able to act and speak freely.”
The right to associate freely is an inalienable right and a cherished American principle. Without this freedom…there would be no political parties as we know them today.
The freedom to join or leave groups who share a common viewpoint was guaranteed by our Founding Fathers. It allows us, under the First Amendment, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly…or association.
Our freedom to associate guarantees our right to come together with other individuals to collectively express, promote, pursue and/or defend our common interests...
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the UTGOP 2-1
Under our Constitutional Republic, the people of Utah elect representatives to govern their affairs. In order for the people to decide who governs their affairs, elections must be held. The Constitution grants states the right to prescribe the “times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives” …and the Supreme Court has held that states enjoy similar authority to regulate their own elections.
It is not uncommon for regulations enacted to run elections to impose some burden upon individual voters and/or political parties. When they do, and the burden of these regulations infringe on the constitutional rights of the individual or the party, the interests of the state with respect to any election regulations must be balanced against an individual and/or institution’s constitutional rights...