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Republicans drop “loyalty oath” as requirement for voting in March primary

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Posted at 3:04 AM, Jan 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-01-19 07:22:20-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Republicans are dropping a requirement to force voters in Virginia’s March 6th primary pledge support to the eventual Republican nominee for president.

The Virginia GOP is asking the State Board of Elections to withdraw the request that voters swear to a “loyalty oath” before taking mart in the primary.

The pledge had faced criticism from independent voters, and even republican leaders like Governor Bob McDonnell.Many pointed out that the pledge was unenforcable, and possibly unconstitutional.

This week, the State Board of Elections is finalizing the ballots for the primary.