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  •  yes, but (none)
    Virginia has no party registration at all.   Not sure how you could even have a closed primary.
    •  I guess the solution (none)
      would be to make people register by party affiliation.  It makes no sense that I as a Democrat would vote in the Republican primary - and yet I did in 2000 to vote against GWB (I can't say I voted for McCain).  I should have no say in who the Republicans nominate for any position and vice versa.
      •  But yet you voted (none)
        despite your convictions to the contrary?
      •  the real solution, of course (none)
        ... would be to have no primaries at all.

        The party nominates candidates who run for it. Full stop.  

        Want to change what your party does ? Become a paying member, vote for whom your local chapter sends to the various delegate conferences, who then vote over candidate lists/packages to submit where appropriate.  Works this way in about any place except the US of A. Works ultra reliably to remove *INOs. INO votes against his party - party won't nominate INO again. End of story.

        Many INOs in Alabama or Berkeley take over whole chapter of your party ? Throw the book of party principles at them, exclude them from party, problem solved. Needs stuff like reliable due process, but works like a charm.

        Dont like your party ? Found your own, run on its ticket. Usually loose. End of story. Repeat ad nauseam (makes nice ballot tapestries, but who cares)

    •  Wathington State (none)
      Washington doesn't have party registration (and probably never will), but we've been having to play the "switch our primary game":

      See this great write up about the open primary in Washington on Washblog.

      In Washington there have been open primaries since 1935 when they were instituted by and initative to the people ...

      The supreme court has ruled open primaries unconsitutional (in the 1990's) and the Washington legislature passed a "pick your party" primary (similar to Montana's) in 2004 ...

      Which the voters quickly overturned in November of that year by passing I-872 which instituted a "top two" primary (somewhat like Louisiana's) ...

      And the Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian parties sued and the initive was declared unconstitutional ...

      So, the judge reinstated the "pick your party" primary.

      Anyway, I recommend reading the link above for some good history on the primaries in Washington. They have a brief dicussion of Ranked Choice Voting and Instant Runoff Voting at the end as a possible solution.

    •  Va. Law needs to change (none)
      Va. pretends that political parties don't exist. I'm not sure why, but that isn't the point. Party registration should be allowed in Va.

      And, yes, a primary has been affected by non-party voters.

      When John Warner was opposed by right wingers, he openly called for Dems and Inds to vote for him in the primary.

      I did. I felt I had a debt to him for killing the Sen. Ollie North thing. I owed him one vote, gave it to him in the primary. Voted for M. Warner in the general election.

      Virginia is definitely a state that needs election reform on this. Even though I did it, I should not have been allowed to.

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