[internetworkers] Candidate Match for Pres
art2mis at nc.rr.com
Thu Feb 12 12:40:19 EST 2004
On Thursday, Feb 12, 2004, at 00:55 US/Eastern, Tanner Lovelace wrote:
> Thomas Beckett wrote:
>> The never-ending redistricting litigation has put the very basis of
>> the elections in to question, so the state Board of Election put off
>> the state primary elections until July. That is far too late for any
>> meaningful participation in the presidential selection process, so
>> the state party is implementing a contingency plan for electing
>> delegates in lieu of the established primary election. You must be a
>> registered Democrat to participate.
> So, who do I complain about for the fact that all of us who refuse to
> affiliate with a political party are now effectively disenfranchised?
> I was planning on voting in the democratic primary (because there
> really isn't a republican primary this year) to hopefully influence in
> some micro-miniscule way the election but now I just have to accept
> what's given to me in the November election?!? What's the point
> of having laws that say independents can vote in primaries then?
> The question is, who's fault it it? The republicans for the damn
> lawsuit or the democrats for moving things around. <sarcasm>Perhaps
> I should just sue them all</sarscasm>. Nah, better to vote them
> all out of office...
I don't see why anyone not affiliating themselves with a political
party should be allowed to vote in that party's primary. The point of
a primary is to select /your/ party's candidate for office. What do
you think a party is for? It's a club of like-minded voters (roughly)
and if you are not a member, then you don't get to play. What laws say
independents can vote in primaries? Is this some crazy North Carolina
thing? In Ohio, you must be registered as a member of the party to
vote in that party's primary. Haud your wheesht, Tanner. :)
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