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Thread: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    Why should non-Republicans (or Democrats) get to choose the Republican (or Democratic) nominee?
    They can temporarily join the party and do the same thing anyways. Having an open primary just makes less work for the local Boards of Election. Nobody has to switch parties every 2 years just to play games.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    An open primary might or seems to work in states like Georgia or Texas but what about states like California that has a large population of stupid people ?

    An uneducated elector who are clueless on the issues and even the candidates ?

    In Los Angeles County 50% of those of the work force are legally illiterate or functionally illiterate. But they are voting.

    These are the same people who voted for having open primaries in California.
    I voted that the white crayon serves no purpose. I guess it doesn't really make much impact either way. States should just keep their traditions in place.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    I voted that the white crayon serves no purpose.
    *chuckle*

    I was wondering if anyone would choose that option.
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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Open Primaries Good or Bad?
    good idea. i don't want to sign up for either team, but i want to vote in the primaries. my state forces me to sign up for a ****ing team to do that.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    This just came up in another thread. I live in an open primary state (Texas). That simply means you don't register as a party member and you can vote in either the Dem or the Repub primary election (not both, of course). I think it's a good thing (although it is a little scary how many people don't understand it here and still think they're registered with a party just by voting in that primary) but I guess the argument against it is that people from the "other side" could all vote in your primary to try to get a candidate nominated that has less of a chance against the guy from that "other side".

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    My personal opinion is that so long as a political party is willing to foot the cost for its ballot then open ballot laws are unconstitutional and wrong. As to whether its good or bad I'm not sure because I don't have much experience with it other than what I've seen at the Presidential level where it doesn't seem to have much of an impact either way. Though my gut would tell me that it seems dangerous to open up party nomination campaigns to members of another party or persuasion with a vested interest in voting 'tactically'. I'd probably defer to a closed primary. If you want a say in their ballot just register.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    This just came up in another thread. I live in an open primary state (Texas). That simply means you don't register as a party member and you can vote in either the Dem or the Repub primary election (not both, of course). I think it's a good thing (although it is a little scary how many people don't understand it here and still think they're registered with a party just by voting in that primary) but I guess the argument against it is that people from the "other side" could all vote in your primary to try to get a candidate nominated that has less of a chance against the guy from that "other side".
    Open primaries are great here in Illinois.
    Just this year, we Union folks almost knocked off the GOP's #1 contender for the governor, who is now favored.
    I also voted for my sitting Congressman Kinzinger against a TEA-party.

    I rarely vote in the DEM primary, even skipping Obama/Clinton.
    Remember when Pat Buchanon got 30% in Illinois against Bush-41--yep, that was NIMBY.
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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    This just came up in another thread. I live in an open primary state (Texas). That simply means you don't register as a party member and you can vote in either the Dem or the Repub primary election (not both, of course). I think it's a good thing (although it is a little scary how many people don't understand it here and still think they're registered with a party just by voting in that primary) but I guess the argument against it is that people from the "other side" could all vote in your primary to try to get a candidate nominated that has less of a chance against the guy from that "other side".

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    I think they're just fine. Bit me in the butt, however. I voted for Obama in the Illinois primary -- against Hillary Clinton. Oops.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    Open primaries are great here in Illinois.
    Just this year, we Union folks almost knocked off the GOP's #1 contender for the governor, who is now favored.
    I also voted for my sitting Congressman Kinzinger against a TEA-party.
    You have to worry about GOP contenders at all in Illinois?

    I rarely vote in the DEM primary, even skipping Obama/Clinton.
    Remember when Pat Buchanon got 30% in Illinois against Bush-41--yep, that was NIMBY.
    So you really did vote early and often. I hear that is the Chicago way.
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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    You may not know that the GOP was governor for 26 straight years in Illinois, 1977-2003,
    and are every bit as much a party to our disastrous pension problems as the Dems are.
    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    You have to worry about GOP contenders at all in Illinois?
    Dems have just as crooked a gerry-mander in Illinois as you Repubs do in Texas.
    Problem is you have 36 seats, we only have 18--and more of them are in play this time.
    Yes, I support my "normal" GOP Congressman against all TEAts in this GOP district.



    So you really did vote early and often. I hear that is the Chicago way.
    I live in Reagan Democrat country, between Chicago and Peoria.
    You know Caterpillar from Peoria, the company your governor wants to poach with tax giveaways that hurt the little people of Texas .
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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    This just came up in another thread. I live in an open primary state (Texas). That simply means you don't register as a party member and you can vote in either the Dem or the Repub primary election (not both, of course). I think it's a good thing (although it is a little scary how many people don't understand it here and still think they're registered with a party just by voting in that primary) but I guess the argument against it is that people from the "other side" could all vote in your primary to try to get a candidate nominated that has less of a chance against the guy from that "other side".

    What do you think?

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    Ask Eric Cantor tonite, what he thinks of open primaries.
    Does anyone really think that all of Brat's votes were from republicons?
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