Rosario v. Rockefeller - States' Rights, Party Raiding, Groups' Rights
Pedro J. Rosario, et al.
Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of the State of New York, et al.
That New York State's law requiring voters to enroll in a party thirty days before a general election to vote in the following year's primary was unconstitutional.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
A. Seth Greenwald
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart (writing for the Court), Byron R. White
William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr.
Date of Decision
21 March 1973
That the New York law did not discriminate against the petitioners, and was thus constitutional.
The case set a limit on what qualified as a "group" of people who could not be discriminated against in state regulation of voting. The Supreme Court determined that people who could have enrolled, but did not, did not constitute a group.
- NAACP v. Alabama, 357 U.S. 449 (1958).
- Baker v. Carr, 369 U.S. 186 (1962).
- Reynolds v. Sims, 377 U.S. 533 (1964).
- Wesberry v. Sanders, 376 U.S. 1 (1964).
- Carrington v. Rash, 380 U.S. 89 (1965).
- Shapiro v. Thompson, 394 U.S. 618 (1969).
- Dunn v. Blumstein, 405 U.S. 330 (1972).
- Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.
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