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  •  It is an odd way to run things . . . (3+ / 0-)
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    besieged by bush, Harkov311, John DE

    but in spite of what seems like an obvious avenue for dirty tricks, no one really does it.  In many years (like last year), there are primaries for both parties being held on the same day, and you can only vote in one.  So, most people vote their own party's primary.  In years like this, when there's only one primary being held, anyone can vote.  But it's usually only the party 'members' (you don't register for any one party in VA and not everyone who votes Dem is officially a member of the VA Dem party) and interested independents/swing voters who do.  Even when an overt call to 'cheat' has been issued (a la the Wash Times), most people just don't do it.  

    I think this is due to two things:  1.  Voter apathy, and 2. Honesty.  Really, I think the lack of opposition interference in open primaries shows that, in spite of what the Rove disciples in the party get up to, most Republican voters are basically honest people.  They know a dirty trick when they see one and don't want to be a party to it.  

    I heard that the GOP is changing their rules, but am not sure how they'll enforce it.  You can't register as a Republican, and the voter files as to who voted in which primary in the past aren't always reliable.  I guess we'll see.

    "Going to church does not make us Christians any more than stepping into our garage makes us a car." --Rev R. Neville

    by catleigh on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 06:41:24 PM PDT

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    •  I don't think that Dobson and his party (3+ / 0-)
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      bethcf4p, besieged by bush, grrr

      play by the rules at all. No matter where they are located in the US. Also, here in California when I went to vote last week. The nasty lady who was in charge of my polling place yelled out, as loud as possible, DEMOCRAT after she checked me in. There were voting booths for Dems and voting booths for Repubs.

      I am typing my fingers to the bone for Harry, his little hippie River and America.

      by Chamonix on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 06:49:10 PM PDT

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    •  You're Kidding, Right? (3+ / 0-)
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      macdust, peraspera, Chamonix

      but in spite of what seems like an obvious avenue for dirty tricks, no one really does it.

      "No one really does it.?" Cast your eye back to Rep. Cynthia McKinney's 2002 primary loss to a stealth Republican. The election was marked by massive Republican crossover voting. The consultant who organized the effort openly brags about it. No wonder Democrats keep stepping in it.

    •  Democratic and Republican Primary Yesterday (0+ / 0-)

      You can only vote in one primary.  Where there were contests, you had to pick your party.  Your pick is recorded.  Later, the Democratic Party will welcome all the new members.  

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