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Old 07-14-2007, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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When I lived in Maryland, I declared my political party (D, R or I) when I registered to vote. My voter card showed my political affiliation.

In Tennessee, no one has any idea which party I belong to because you don't put it on your registration application and it's not on the card that allows me to vote. This bothers me because being new in the state, I need info on the local guys from my party. I also want the candidates of my party to survey me for my opinions on issues. How can they do that if they don't know I'm one of them?

Question 1

Are there many states where you don't declare your party when you register? How about your state?

Question 2

When you see a variety of statistics or poll results of registered voters where is that information coming from if they don't register you the same way in every state? Is the poll info coming just from your say-so that you are registered with Party A?
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Old 07-14-2007, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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I prefer NOT to declare a party.

I vote by the person NOT the party.

With that said, why NOT look in the yellow pages and call your local chapter. I am sure they will be glad to talk to you. Liz
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Old 07-14-2007, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Our (Florida) voter ID cards show our party and we were asked when we registered how we wanted to register. Of course that was years ago, so maybe things have changed. However, we just got new ID cards last year and it shows our party affiliation.

I can understand not placing it on your card, but I don't understand why it's not on the state record. Does that mean you can vote in both primaries?

Look out! You'll be getting calls from ALL political parties now.
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Old 07-14-2007, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Colorado, Denver Metro Area
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In Colorado, you have to pick: Rep. Dem, Indy or other. So indy/other is the way to go.
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Old 07-14-2007, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I can understand not placing it on your card, but I don't understand why it's not on the state record. Does that mean you can vote in both primaries?

Look out! You'll be getting calls from ALL political parties now.
I asked some ladies doing voter registration at our annual festival a few weeks ago. Apparently, the primary voting procedure in TN is no different than the general election voting procedure. Everybody registered to vote, goes to the polls on the same day and votes for their candidate of choice. There is nothing to stop me, a Republican, from voting for a Democrat in the primaries. Let's say, for example, come election time, it's pretty clear to me which Republican is going to win in my state's primary, so instead of voting for my choice of Republican candidates, I instead vote for the Democrat, my candidate has the best chance to beat in the general election.

In other states if you are a registered Republican, for example, you vote in the Republican primary only. You can't up and decide on primary day to vote for a Democrat.

I don't like this.
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Old 07-14-2007, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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Many states hold their primaries on the same day and have the voting set up side by side...so you declare yourself then. Then they let you in to vote and you can't go back in and vote a second time... Liz
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Old 07-15-2007, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Poulsbo, WA
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I asked some ladies doing voter registration at our annual festival a few weeks ago. Apparently, the primary voting procedure in TN is no different than the general election voting procedure. Everybody registered to vote, goes to the polls on the same day and votes for their candidate of choice. There is nothing to stop me, a Republican, from voting for a Democrat in the primaries. Let's say, for example, come election time, it's pretty clear to me which Republican is going to win in my state's primary, so instead of voting for my choice of Republican candidates, I instead vote for the Democrat, my candidate has the best chance to beat in the general election.

In other states if you are a registered Republican, for example, you vote in the Republican primary only. You can't up and decide on primary day to vote for a Democrat.

I don't like this.
My suggestion to you would be to get involved with your local party and work from a grassroots level to make the changes you see as detrimental to the process.
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