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American NSA changes ruling on voting in primaries

Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:36 pm
by Sen McGlinn
A letter issued by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States on April 5 corrects its previous ruling of March 8, which stated, “nor should we, even as an ‘independent,’ vote in primaries — the purpose of which is to elect delegates to political conventions.” This ruling has now been rescinded in view of a letter from the Universal House of Justice which states that:

A Baha’i may not vote in a primary election if in order to do so he or she must declare membership or affiliation with, or support for, a particular political party. But if the ballot is secret, a Baha’i is free to vote in any political election provided that he does not, by doing so, identify himself with any political party and bears in mind that he is voting on the merits of the individual rather than because he belongs to one party or another.

The National Spiritual Assembly concludes that “Individual Baha’is … bear the responsibility of researching the election laws in their particular electoral district to determine whether or not the above-mentioned criteria have been met and may vote their consciences as they see fit.”

The complete letter in text format is available in the documents archive of my Bahais Studies blog. ... elections/

or with a short link:

The pdf format is online at:

Re: American NSA changes ruling on voting in primaries

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:20 am
by LeesaJohnson
Hi there,
Actually, I don't know about these changes but thank you for sharing this information with all of us here.