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  •  In northern New England, it's a tradition.... (5+ / 0-) Vermont, they never even took party registrations for many years (until required to when a regional New England-except-for-NH primary came into being).

        In New Hampshire, the feeling was that the NH presidential primary was considered too important to restrict it to party members only. On primary day (not just the presidential one) you could ask for, say, a Democratic ballot if you were a registered Democrat or an independent (non-affiliated). Any independent asking for a D or an R ballot would then be listed as being registered in that party - but one could change-it-back after leaving the booth (or any time thereafter).

        And finally, the parties up here felt that having at least a semi-open primary avoided having only hard-line voters deciding races, and thus putting forth candidates that have been selected by a wider swath of the electorate (and thus having a better chance to win a general election). One may disagree with that theory; but it has guided the political process in this region.

    "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain"

    by Ed Tracey on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 06:48:18 PM PDT

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