Vanderbilt Law Review

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This Note begins with a discussion of the history of the regulation of state parties by state law and national party rules. The Note then traces the development of case law concerning state regulation of party delegate selection procedures. Finally, the Note explores the potential for credentials disputes and litigation on the primacy of state party rules over contrary state laws if both the party rules and the state regulations comply with the Delegate Selection Rules for the 1984 Democratic National Convention. The Note concludes that the first amendment right of freedom of association guarantees that a state party may select delegates to the national convention in any manner consistent with the national party rules.