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Old 09-30-2014, 05:56 AM
 
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For the first time in my life I am strongly considering voting Republican. I feel very strongly about liberal social issues but the tax and spend pattern in our state is getting out of control.
Dave I was A 35 year swing voting democrat. Switched to independent and I couldn't vote in the primary. I'm now a full fledged republican and loving it. It really irritates me that the democrats are stuck on voting democrat instead of the best person for the job. Go for it.
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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Dave I was A 35 year swing voting democrat. Switched to independent and I couldn't vote in the primary. I'm now a full fledged republican and loving it. It really irritates me that the democrats are stuck on voting democrat instead of the best person for the job. Go for it.
I am independent and also could not vote in the Primary

Both Dems and Reps toe the party line.
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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What about voting for the good of the state?And here's a novel idea! Let's vote for the good of our country!!!!!
The fallacy in your statement is that no matter how much you feel the other side is wrong, they also feel that your side is wrong. Since both sides (assuming two) feel the other side is wrong, and thus their side right, the reality is that both sides feel that they really are truly voting for the good of the State and Country.
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:36 AM
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Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by K-Luv View Post
I am independent and also could not vote in the Primary.
Independents can vote in either primary down here (in NC).
Mostly it just distorts the process by making the primary the er, primary election.
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Old 10-05-2014, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Gardenville
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Now this may be slightly disingenuous of me, but while I identify myself as an independent voter, I am also a realist. I live here in Baltimore, Maryland, where the Democratic party controls the City, and the State, especially the City.
The only way to make any kind of difference in local politics is to be able to vote in the primary election of the party that is pretty much guaranteed to put their candidate in office. Hence, I register as a Democrat to be able to vote in the primary for the least undesirable of candidates running.
In the general election, I vote my conscience and my leanings.
Surely, I can't be the only one doing this?
Or am I?
Is there an error in my thinking this way, and thus voting accordingly?
Anyone else?
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Old 10-05-2014, 01:23 PM
Status: "On The Lookout" (set 29 days ago)
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Now this may be slightly disingenuous of me, but...
The only way to make any kind of difference in local politics is to be able to vote in the primary
election of the party that is pretty much guaranteed to put their candidate in office.
I'm in NC now... but only moved here a few years ago.
I know how it is in MD (and Baltimore).

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Is there an error in my thinking this way, and thus voting accordingly?
I was commenting on the real world effect of cross party primary voting by "independents".

It's a farce that is almost always done as an "anti" vote to prop up an easier opponent
(and sometimes to shut down a wacko) that has R's choosing Dem candidates and vice versa.
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Old 10-05-2014, 01:28 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I'm in NC now... but only moved here a few years ago.
I know how it is in MD (and Baltimore).


I was commenting on the real world effect of cross party primary voting by "independents".

It's a farce that is almost always done as an "anti" vote to prop up an easier opponent
(and sometimes to shut down a wacko) that has R's choosing Dem candidates and vice versa.
Primaries are designed and intended to pick a candidate for a particular Party. Therefore, people not registered with that Party, or registered as an Independent/Not Affiliated, should have no say in the process.

You want to help pick, or stop, a particular candidate then register as that Party.
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Old 10-05-2014, 02:54 PM
Status: "On The Lookout" (set 29 days ago)
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by North Beach Person View Post
Primaries are designed and intended to pick a candidate for a particular Party.
Well, that's the theory at least.

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...people not registered with that Party... should have no say in the process.
I don't disagree.
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Old 10-05-2014, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Originally Posted by B.K. View Post
Now this may be slightly disingenuous of me, but while I identify myself as an independent voter, I am also a realist. I live here in Baltimore, Maryland, where the Democratic party controls the City, and the State, especially the City.
The only way to make any kind of difference in local politics is to be able to vote in the primary election of the party that is pretty much guaranteed to put their candidate in office. Hence, I register as a Democrat to be able to vote in the primary for the least undesirable of candidates running.
In the general election, I vote my conscience and my leanings.
Surely, I can't be the only one doing this?
Or am I?
Is there an error in my thinking this way, and thus voting accordingly?
Anyone else?
You are not. If Maryland had a open primary system, I would likely be a member of a small party, or unaffiliated.

Having to choose though, the GOP is more in line with my thinking and values on most of the issues than the Democrats.

I have worked on campaigns for both Rs, and Ds, and will vote for whoever I think is the best candidate, including third parties.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Bodymore, Murderland
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Originally Posted by B.K. View Post
Now this may be slightly disingenuous of me, but while I identify myself as an independent voter, I am also a realist. I live here in Baltimore, Maryland, where the Democratic party controls the City, and the State, especially the City.
The only way to make any kind of difference in local politics is to be able to vote in the primary election of the party that is pretty much guaranteed to put their candidate in office. Hence, I register as a Democrat to be able to vote in the primary for the least undesirable of candidates running.
In the general election, I vote my conscience and my leanings.
Surely, I can't be the only one doing this?
Or am I?
Is there an error in my thinking this way, and thus voting accordingly?
Anyone else?
You're not. Self-identified DINO here. Its just common sense.
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