Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Open Season on Open Primaries

Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 26, 2014

A letter writer in the 26 April 2014 Erie Times-News is bemoaning the fact that because he is registered as neither a Democrat nor a Republican he cannot vote in the primary. We see the same issue arise every election cycle.

Political parties are nothing more than clubs. A club is a group of like-minded people who share common interests. These clubs in question are polling their membership for their candidates in the general election.

Do you think the Elk club would like members of the Moose club walking in off the street and voting on Elk club officers? I think not.

Outsiders voting where they do not belong will affect the results of those that care for their party. Some people change party affiliations regularly in order to effect the outcome of the party they want to see win or lose.

Open primaries unfairly affect voting outcomes. Open primaries are bad news.

The writer does not make clear whether he is registered with a so-called third-party. Third parties are often on primary ballots. If not there is often a nominating convention.

If you want to play you have to join a team. That is the way it should be.

Be seeing you


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