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Congressional Primaries:
Foster v. Love

Appealed From: U. S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
Subjects: Congress; Elections; Supremacy Clause

Argued: Oct. 6, 1997

Decided: Dec. 2, 1997
Vote: 9-0

At Issue: Whether federal law preempts Louisiana's open primary system, which allows contested congressional elections to be decided before the uniform federal election day.

Decision: In a unanimous decision, the justices ruled that states cannot elect their officials before the national elections in November, nullifying Louisiana's open primary law.

Read the full text of the Foster v. Love decision at the Findlaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

Background from The Post
Court Rejects Early Election In Louisiana (Dec. 3, 1997)

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)

© Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company

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