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    Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    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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    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 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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    A open primary in that sense I oppose due to the fact the other side can simply vote for a candidate they know does not stand a chance or a candidate that is more in line with their views instead of the party's actual views. For example democrats could vote in a republican primary for a off the wall republican that has no chance of winning in a main election so that their guy wins in a main election. Or republicans can vote a conservative democrat in a democrat primary so that they do not lose regardless of who wins in a main election. Elected officials can be dishonest and so can die-hard party-tards and will resort to rigging the system in their favor.

    A open primary where everybody runs regardless of party and if none of those candidates got 50% of the vote then the top two - three regardless of party run against each other for the main election.
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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    I actually think they are bad. A political party has the right to prevent non-members from choosing its candidates for office. It opens them to sabotage from opposition forces.
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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    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!

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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 like them too, in Georgia you just register to vote, not by party. Come primary time one can pick and choose. But we have runoffs here where if a candidate doesn't receive 50% of the vote plus one, the top two candidates face off again. This year the primaries were held on May 20th, the runoff will be on July 22nd. As a Reform Party member, I too think it is great.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    A open primary in that sense I oppose due to the fact the other side can simply vote for a candidate they know does not stand a chance or a candidate that is more in line with their views instead of the party's actual views. For example democrats could vote in a republican primary for a off the wall republican that has no chance of winning in a main election so that their guy wins in a main election. Or republicans can vote a conservative democrat in a democrat primary so that they do not lose regardless of who wins in a main election.

    A open primary where everybody runs regardless of party and if none of those candidates got 50% of the vote then the top two - three regardless of party run against each other for the main election.
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    I actually think they are bad. A political party has the right to prevent non-members from choosing its candidates for office. It opens them to sabotage from opposition forces.
    To do that, I think there would have to be a lot more coordination than is, frankly, possible. In fact, Rush Limbaugh tried to get people voting for Hillary in 2008 (calling it Operation Chaos) and we see how well that worked (and Rush has a much bigger platform than most).
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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 like the concept of being able to vote against somebody. Since that isn't how our elections operate allowing us to vote for both parties candidates gives us that ability
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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    To do that, I think there would have to be a lot more coordination than is, frankly, possible. In fact, Rush Limbaugh tried to get people voting for Hillary in 2008 (calling it Operation Chaos) and we see how well that worked (and Rush has a much bigger platform than most).
    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?
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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    I actually think they are bad. A political party has the right to prevent non-members from choosing its candidates for office. It opens them to sabotage from opposition forces.
    This happens anyways. There is some evidence of this taking place. Exhibit A George Bush, Exhibit B John Kerry, Exhibit C John Mccain, Exhibit D Barrack Obama, Exhibit E Mitt Romney.

    This is a part of the game. I think open primaries just gives people less incentive to be dishonest about their party affiliation.

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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 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.
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