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Washington state primary change
    #3018923 - 08/18/04 04:58 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I received a notice today that the primary voting system in Washington state has been changed to party-only. You have to choose a party and vote for politicians in that party. This is only for the primaries, the actual elections have not been changed.

This seems highly restrictive to me. Especially in a year where health care workers (like me) are getting laid off in droves. I'd like to vote for a particular representative because of his stance on tort reform in the state but not for his whole party. This new system will not allow me to do that.

However, I'm trying to understand the thought process behind this before I actually start sending in complaints. Thoughts?

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Re: Washington state primary change [Re: Fungushead]
    #3019107 - 08/18/04 05:36 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I've read articles where some who are registered in one party will vote in the opposing party's primary in the hope of seeing a weaker candidate win, and also so the winner comes out looking weaker.


Opponents of the closed ballot object to this, and declare that there is no proof crossover voters have impacted elections. Until Aug. 20 of this year, they were correct. On that day Republicans in Georgia's 4th Congressional District, tired of Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney, went to the polls and voted en mass for her Democratic rival. Georgia retains an open ballot similar to the one Alaska used until the 2000 primaries, and while many Republicans considered McKinney's actions to be extreme, the Democrats were denied the candidate of their choice. If party politics is to remain the law of the land (and there is no sign of it being replaced), closed primary ballots are essential to political identity.

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