Well, I see the arguments over and over again to allow anyone to vote in anyone’s primary regardless of their party affiliation. I used to wonder about that as well but have come to the conclusion that the argument doesn’t hold water. If you are having a private party and I want to crash it, do I have that right?
Here is a list of states showing primary status:
Now, here’s an explanation: An open primary is a primary election that does not require voters to be affiliated with a political party in order to vote for partisan candidates. In a traditional open primary, voters may select one party’s ballot and vote for that party’s nomination. As in a closed primary, the highest voted candidate in each party then proceeds to the general election. The arguments for open primaries are that voters can make independent choices, building consensus that the electoral process is not splintered or undermined by the presence of multiple political parties.
Opponents of the open primary argue that the open primary is unconstitutional. These opponents believe that the open primary law violates their freedom of association, because it forces them to allow outsiders to select their candidates.
So, that’s what I don’t get. If you choose non-affiliation so you don’t have to be associated with the nasty republicans or the tree hugging democrats, fine. Why should you then have the right to vote in their primary on the candidates their members have put up for nomination to office? (Kinda like refusing to join a union but expecting the union to fight for your rights and ensure your pay is equal to theirs right?)
How about this…you don’t like either party’s nominations? write in your vote in the general election. Or vote third party. Or don’t vote.
But if you really want to be involved, take a stand and register as a Republican or a Democrat. Let’s face it, the third parties are fun to watch but have NO chance of ever getting elected. Maybe the independents should create their own party??