View Poll Results: What Party Are You Registered To?

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    20 27.03%
  • Libertarian

    5 6.76%
  • Democrat

    13 17.57%
  • Green

    1 1.35%
  • Constitution

    0 0%
  • Other

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Thread: What Party Are You Registered To?

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    Re: What Party Are You Registered To?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    What party are you registered to? Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Constitution, or other?

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    Re: What Party Are You Registered To?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    I just did some searching and not all states require or record party affiliation. For example, Minnesota doesn't:



    Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State : Registering to Vote
    So, how do they know what primary ballot to send you?

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    Re: What Party Are You Registered To?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    So, how do they know what primary ballot to send you?
    They probably have open primaries. In states with open primaries you can vote for any candidate in any party (of course just one candidate). Personally I think that is a much better system because closed primaries promote more extreme candidates as a primary candidate only has to appeal to their party's most motivated base voters. Open primaries tend to promote more moderate candidates moving forward (Bachmann not withstanding of course)
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    Re: What Party Are You Registered To?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    They probably have open primaries. In states with open primaries you can vote for any candidate in any party (of course just one candidate). Personally I think that is a much better system because closed primaries promote more extreme candidates as a primary candidate only has to appeal to their party's most motivated base voters. Open primaries tend to promote more moderate candidates moving forward (Bachmann not withstanding of course)
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    The open primary could be seen as good for voter participation. First, the open primary allows nonpartisan or independent voters to participate in the nominating process.[3] If these voters are allowed to help select the nominees then they may be more likely to vote in the general election, since one of the candidates could be someone the non-partisan voter voted for. Also, a moderate member of one party may agree more with a candidate for the nomination of another party. This voter will have more of an incentive to participate in the general election if there is a nominee whom he or she agrees with.[3]

    The open primary could also be viewed as bad for voter participation. Statistics show that voter participation in the United States was higher when people could only vote in the primary for their own party. In Hawaii, primary voter turnout fell from 74.6% in 1978 to 42.2% in 2006 after changing to open primaries.[4] The closed primary system had more of an incentive for people to join one of the major parties. This led to people being more involved in the voting process. With the open primary, some argue, more voters become independent and are less likely to participate in the nominating or election processes


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_pr..._United_States
    And from the same link:

    States with an open presidential primary[edit]
    Alabama
    Arizona (Semi-closed, with primaries open only to unaffiliated or unrepresented voters, except for the Libertarian Party of Arizona primary.)
    Arkansas
    Georgia
    Hawaii (Open primary for state, local, and congressional races; caucus system for presidential races.)
    Illinois
    Massachusetts (All races' primaries open for "unenrolled"/unaffiliated voters only)
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    New Hampshire
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Vermont
    Virginia
    Wisconsin[11]
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    Re: What Party Are You Registered To?

    When I first registered to vote when I was 18 I registered as a libertarian because I had no idea what it was and I thought it sounded cooler than the other ones. I changed it to independent after a couple years because I think each party has good things about them and I vote for the person anyway.
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    Re: What Party Are You Registered To?

    Obligatory North Dakota brag post.

    We don't have to register to vote, let alone provide any sort of registration by party.

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    Re: What Party Are You Registered To?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    I won't vote in primaries. Rush tried his Operation: Chaos crap by telling conservatives to register as Democrats and vote Obama, since Hillary was a more viable opponent.

    Cute little screw job...
    Oh, I never fail to vote in the primaries. If you're active in local politics, you know that this is where you try to stop the rascals--right here in town. Let them make it to the district or state level, and a few of the more slippery ones will inevitably slither to D.C.

    I think your responsibility as a good citizen is to keep as many rascals, whatever the color of the stripe up their backs, out of office. Sometimes, the primaries do just that.

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    Re: What Party Are You Registered To?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Obligatory North Dakota brag post.

    We don't have to register to vote, let alone provide any sort of registration by party.

    Booya!
    That MAY be a good thing, how are primaries handled?

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    Re: What Party Are You Registered To?

    Brings about another question, how are those largely mythical red state/blue state maps done for those 20 states that have open primaries? Especially for like MN where the state doesn't record party registrations.

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    Re: What Party Are You Registered To?

    I believe the requirement to vote in a primary is to have registered with that political party should be eliminated. Not all states require it. Texas doesn't. Florida does. As examples.

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