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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    That is correct. I don't want you voting in the Republican Primary.
    i'll vote in whichever primary i choose. however, i shouldn't have to pick one of your stupid teams in order to do so.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i'll vote in whichever primary i choose.
    How?

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    however, i shouldn't have to pick one of your stupid teams in order to do so.
    Which is it? You have to pick a stupid team? or you can vote in whichever primary that you choose?

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    How?
    i can choose my partisan affiliation each time i vote in a primary.



    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    Which is it? You have to pick a stupid team? or you can vote in whichever primary that you choose?
    the candidates should all be on one ballot, and i should be able to vote for any of them that i want. i'm not a fan of partisan primaries. i should have the chance to vote for any candidate that i want to vote for in the primary without the artificial partisan bottleneck.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    A statewide primary would be much more difficult in which to pull it off; however, it happened in 2008 in New Hampshire. Romney won among registered Republicans; however, McCain pulled a lot of non-Republican votes and won the Republican nomination. Why should non-Republicans (or Democrats) get to choose the Republican (or Democratic) nominee?
    Almost half (somewhere around 45%) of NH voters are independent and have a choice on Primary day which party's Primary we want to vote in. If I remember right, most of the independent voters in 2008 voted in the Dem primary instead of the Republican primary.

    McCain was going to win in NH in 2008 no matter what anyway.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Since I vote for both republican and democratic candidates in nearly every election (I care about the philosophy and qualifications of the individual, don't give a fat rat's ass about political party), I think open primaries are great!
    I know as an independent, we kind of get screwed over in the primaries.


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    I don't think there should be publicly funded primaries. Whoever is on the ballot should be voted for or not Nov.4. If a party wants to have a primary race to select their candidate they can organize and pay for it and run it. The state should have no involvement whatsoever.
    Now that's a great idea.
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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    Wow! This something that I have never considered. Presidential candidates are decided at the Party Convention. It would be pretty sweet if our local parties could pick candidates to represent the party. This is a brilliant idea. I really like it.
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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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    I believe that open primaries are good for the left and bad for the right.

    In about thirty years the main reason why I say this will be obvious.

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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'm conflicted. I think the idea of the secret ballot is important. Closed primaries means voters must have their political ideology filed with the government by virtue of declaring a party affiliation. At the same time, I think open primaries make American democracy vulnerable to dishonesty and "legal" corruption as we saw in 2008 where I wondered for the first time if America was an example to the world on how advanced societies elect their leaders or if third world countries were becoming the example to America. I honesty cannot think of a perfect solution.

    I also oppose giving Iowa and New Hampshire the job of narrowing down the field of candidates the rest of the country gets to vote on each and every Presidential election. I say set 10 primary dates and let every state pick groups of 5 states (or more considering Washington, DC, the territories and Americans overseas.) State groups can change each election at the states' discretion. Then by random drawing schedule each team to one of those 10 primary dates. It just dawned in me it might be a little unfair to allow California, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania to be in the same group so maybe say only one of the huge states can be in any one group.
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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    I don't have a problem with an open primary where the top 2 candidates advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation. I do, however, think open primaries where you have to vote in one designated party a bad idea. It serves no purpose other than allowing people to cross party affiliation in order to ultimately disrupt the candidates that will compete in the GE. Rarely is it successful, but whats the advantage of allowing the possibility?
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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 live in TX as well and have never seen a problem with the open primary here. Most people want to vote for something they believe in. A win at all cost mentality that drives the sort of thing that has folks crossing over to disrupt is reserved for the small minority of rabid partisans.
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