No. 84-1851.

826 F.2d 814 (1987)

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE; San Francisco County Republican Central Committee; Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee; Alameda County Democratic Central Committee; Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee; Solano County Democratic Central Committee; Placer County Democratic Central Committee; State Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of California; Bert Coffey; Nancy Walker; Linda Post; Dolph Andrews; Carolyn Wallace; Mary King; Thomas Romero; Mary Gingell; David E. Sturrock; Walter Layson; Mary Vail; Roy Christman; James Fay; Northern California Committee for Party Renewal; Southern California Committee for Party Renewal; and National Committee for Party Renewal, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. March Fong EU, Secretary of the State of California, John Van De Kamp, Attorney General of the State of California; Arlo Smith, District Attorney of San Francisco County, et al., Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

As Amended on Denial of Rehearing and Rehearing October 29, 1987.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Geoffrey L. Graybill, Sacramento, Cal., for defendants-appellants.

James J. Brosnahan, Cedric C. Chao, Paul R. Dieseth, Paul Flum, Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco, Cal., for plaintiffs-appellees.

Before WRIGHT, SKOPIL and NORRIS, Circuit Judges.

As Amended on Denial of Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc October 29, 1987.

NORRIS, Circuit Judge:

This case involves a First Amendment challenge to various sections of the California Elections Code. The challenged sections specify the membership of the state central committees of ballot-qualified political parties and the term of office of committee chairs, and prohibit both state and county central committees from endorsing candidates in party primaries.<...

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