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  •  My respect for (4+ / 0-)

    the unenrolled voters of Massachusetts (present company excepted, of course!) goes down by the day. Just unengaged and generally clueless, spewing vague generalities about "bi-partisanship" while being blissfully unaware of the context in DC.

    I am reminded of Bill Maher's takedown of the undecided in last year's presidential race.

    If you’re one of the 5 percent of American voters who are still undecided on who to vote for, it’s okay to admit you just don’t really give a shit. Seriously, if you still can’t figure out who you like more – Mitt Romney or Barack Obama – stay home…because you probably couldn’t find your polling place anyway. I mean, what more information does someone need to make this choice? Obama has been President for nearly four years. And Mitt Romney has been running for President since 1971, when his space egg incubated and he burst out of an astronaut’s chest.

    Can we please stop treating them like they’re more noble and discerning than the rest of us?...America's celebrated, undecided voter: put on a pedestal by the media as if they were Hamlet in a think-tank, searching out every last bit of information, high-minded arbiters pouring over policy positions and matching them against their own philosophies. Please. They mostly fall into a category political scientists call "low information voters," otherwise known as "dipsh*ts."

    I do have hope that enough of our independents will sour on Gomez when they decide to pay attention, but I'm sure plenty will vote for him because Markey's been in Congress a long time or some other meaningless reason.

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:23:03 AM PDT

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    •  My favorite is the unenrolled voters who (5+ / 0-)

      refuse to take a ballot in the primary or require much badgering.  I work the polls every election, so I see this a fair amount.  The conversation usually goes something like this:

      Poll Worker: What ballot would you like? Democrat or Republican?

      Voter: I'm an independent!

      PW: Yes, I know.  But you have to choose which you'd like today.

      Voter:  I'm an independent!

      PW:  There's samples of the ballots on the wall if you want to look and see which ballot has the candidate you want to vote for. See over there...

      Voter: I don't want to look at the wall!  Give me a ballot! I'm an independent!

      PW: Yes, I know that.  But you have to choose for today.  See here the candidates on the Democratic ballot; here's the ones on the Republican ballot, which do you want?

      Voter: Okay... fine... Democrat.  But I'll stay independent, right?

      PW:  Yes. You'll stay unenrolled.

      Happens two or three times every primary.
      •  This is how (2+ / 0-)
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        stevenaxelrod, LeftHandedMan

        we ended up with Top Two in WA state. Voters are SO fixated on the idea of being "independent" that even selecting a party in private by blackening a simple R or D each time, with no way to link you to your choice after the ballot is received, was considered "intrusive" by many.

      •  Make up a special ballot for those folks? (1+ / 0-)
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        LeftHandedMan

        Sure, it would be largely empty -- unless there are some people running as "Independent" for some offices -- but it would shut them up.

        In many places, you actually don't stay unenrolled (or "undeclared" or whatever it's called) -- if you take a party ballot in the primary, you're considered a member of that party until you disaffiliate. Last fall we did a good business in disaffiliation forms as people were leaving the polling area. Most people told me they prefer "undeclared" because it cuts down the number of GOTV and candidate robo-calls they get bothered with. It has nothing to do with how knowledgeable they are, or how they'll actually vote.

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