"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
And from the same link: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. 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.
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. 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
You are correct.States with an open presidential primary
Arizona (Semi-closed, with primaries open only to unaffiliated or unrepresented voters, except for the Libertarian Party of Arizona primary.)
Hawaii (Open primary for state, local, and congressional races; caucus system for presidential races.)
Massachusetts (All races' primaries open for "unenrolled"/unaffiliated voters only)
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.
Is what you're living for today, worth dying for tomorrow?
Obligatory North Dakota brag post.
We don't have to register to vote, let alone provide any sort of registration by party.
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
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.
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.
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.