- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Republican Party says it won’t comply with the state Supreme Court’s interpretation of a law that requires the party to allow candidates on the primary ballot who skip the caucus system and gather voter signatures instead.

GOP lawyers made the declaration Wednesday in court documents filed as part of their lawsuit over the 2014 election law. The party says the law wrongly forces them to make changes to their internal nominating process.

The Utah Supreme Court ruled last week that the GOP can’t block candidates who bypass its caucus system. The party says that’s unconstitutional because it interferes with their right to choose how they nominate candidates.

The GOP’s declaration that it won’t comply means they’ll continue their legal fight over the law. The case will be back before a federal judge Friday.

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