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Old 08-23-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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In Arizona, the primary system and gerrymandering virtually guarantee that people with extreme viewpoints get nominated and elected. The so-called independent is completely out of the process except for a role in choosing between the lesser of two evils come the general election. What's the point? Do you think we are going to get a better Congress if you vote for the ignoramuses that are on the ballot? I sit out elections unless there are bond issues or referendums to be voted on. Everything else is a waste of time.
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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Independents are NOT shut out of the primary process, although they do have to choose one primary ballot or the other. Choose not to vote if you like, but you can't say it's because independents are out of the process until the general election.
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Yes Independents can vote in the Arizona Primary, my wife and I took great pleasure in voting for anyone but McCain after recieving our mail in ballots. Unfortunately we will probably wnd up voting for anyone but McCain in the general election
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Independents are NOT shut out of the primary process, although they do have to choose one primary ballot or the other. Choose not to vote if you like, but you can't say it's because independents are out of the process until the general election.
I meant the independent or more moderate point of view is shut out of the process by the primary system and gerrymandered districts. True enough, if independents voted in large numbers in the primary we might actually get some pragmatic, middle of the road candidates that stand for something other than the extreme viewpoints.
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