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  •  Closed primaries (0+ / 0-)

    I choose to be a member of the Democrat party and thus can vote in primary elections.  Why should I be allowed to register as independent and still vote in a party's primary?  It's about making a commitment.  I am committed to supporting my political party, it is an organization of like- minded people, just as the GOP is.  Why should I be allowed to vote in another party's primary but not register as a member of that party?  If people want to register as independents, fine, go for it, but don't expect to have the right to come and vote in my primary when it suits you.  

    Everyone wants to have have both ways.  Being an adult citizen means standing for something.  Learn to make a commitment and then live with it.  

    Political parties exist for a reason.  If we allow open primaries everywhere, then why even have political parties?

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      leoluminary

      What is the "Democrat Party"?  There is no such thing.  We on this site are members of the "Democratic Party."  I hope you typed that in error, and not a nod to Fake News.

    •  Vote for the best person regardless of office. (1+ / 0-)
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      Why should I be allowed to register as independent and still vote in a party's primary?  It's about making a commitment.  I am committed to supporting my political party, it is an organization of like- minded people, just as the GOP is.  Why should I be allowed to vote in another party's primary but not register as a member of that party?
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      Political parties exist for a reason.  If we allow open primaries everywhere, then why even have political parties?
      Parties are a shorthand, not an end to themselves.

      It is in the best interest of democracy to have strong candidates in contested races at all levels.  When parties choose not to contest certain races, Voters should still be able to express a preference for general election candidates.  Even if that means voting in some other party primary.

      The LA/CA style jungle primary may have a lot of flaws, but one thing that it does do is ensure that the general election candidates have a significant support base.

      -7.75 -4.67

      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Mon May 26, 2014 at 09:35:34 AM PDT

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