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Old 04-27-2016, 06:04 AM
 
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I went to vote in my state's primary yesterday in Rhode Island and I was surprised that I received a ballot that only had democrat choices. I've never registered as a democrat but my recent voting history has been democrat. I should have asked but I was planning to vote democrat again this time and I had not looked at the ballot until I got to the booth.

When they took my ID to check my name, there was only one pile that they seemed to take the ballots from as well.

I'm just curious because.. what if I had wanted to vote republican, why did I only receive a ballot with democrat choices? Is this typical in primaries? This was the first primary I've voted in. Do you need to do something ahead of time to assure you get the ballot you want or should you ask when you give them your ID and they hand you a ballot?
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:10 AM
 
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According to this, if you are truly registered as unaffiliated, you should have been asked which primary you wanted to vote in.


If you weren't you must either be registered as a Democrat, whether you remember doing it or not, voted in a previous Democratic primary, or the poll worker violated guidelines.


http://www.bustle.com/articles/15644...bernie-sanders
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:21 AM
 
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Question about primary voting, is your ballot decided by your voting history?

Not here in NC. Here they had you a ballot based on your registration. If you are registered as UNA (unaffiliated, commonly known as independent) then they ask you which primary you wish to vote in, and set the machine accordingly.

In SC, where there is no registering by party, they always ask which primary you wish to vote in.
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:23 AM
 
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According to this, if you are truly registered as unaffiliated, you should have been asked which primary you wanted to vote in.


If you weren't you must either be registered as a Democrat, whether you remember doing it or not, voted in a previous Democratic primary, or the poll worker violated guidelines.


[URL]http://www.bustle.com/articles/156440-is-rhode-islands-primary-open-or-closed-its-complicated-but-its-good-for-bernie-sanders[/URL]
Thanks!
I guess the key is this...
""Once you vote in a primary, however, you are considered a member of that party until and unless you 'disaffiliate.'"
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:33 AM
 
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We don't have party registrations in my state - when you vote in a primary, you either go to the Democrat table or the Republican table. They stamp your voter card (for that election only) either Democrat or Republican to determine in case there is a run-off election in that particular race. You are not allowed to vote in a run-off election unless you voted in the primary election for that party.
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