[Vision2020] Voter turn out
Sun, 23 May 2004 20:48:14 -0700
Mr. Hansen Asks:
"In a party-line primary system, such as Idaho's, which primary do
independents vote? Are they required not to vote in either primary? Should
they vote in both primaries? Are they to restrict their vote to the general
election? Is an Idaho independent to be labeled (as that old Beatles song
says) "a dead skunk in the middle of the road".
This is like an atheist asking what church they should go to. Independents
are independents because they don't believe in a party. Therefore, why would
they even bother to honor a group of people they are opposed to.
Independents don't need an endorsement from a party, that is why they are
INDEPENDENT, the INDEPENDENT means they are INDEPENDENT from a party. Thus
saying they should participate in an election that binds them to a party, is
contrary to the term Independent.
You have NO legal right to vote in Primaries. Primaries are NOT government
elections, they are private nominations. The Democratic, Republican, Green
Party, Reform Party, Constitutional Party etc, are not government
entities,They let you vote in them because of the public pressure to be open
to the public. Voting in a political party you don't belong to is the same
as voting in another private organization you don't believe in or are a
member of. It is equivocal to sneaking into a fraternity or Sorority and
casting a ballot for the President of the Greek House. You might have an
opinion as to who is best suited, and who you think would also be elected as
President of the Greek Council, but it is none of your business who they
choose to represent them.
Just because you can sneak in and abuse the system, and corrupt the results,
doesn't mean you should.
Any Democrat that is voting in the Republican Primary should just plain be
ashamed of themselves, for they are inviting the Republicans to mess with
our Primaries in future critical elections.
The members of private political parties should be able to maintain the
right of choosing who they want to represent them without others interfering
and corrupting their decision making process; voting in a primary that is
not yours is acting opposition to this statement.
Donovan J Arnold
>From: "Tom Hansen" <email@example.com>
>To: "Joan Opyr" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Vision2020 Moscow"
>Subject: RE: [Vision2020] Voter turn out
>Date: Sun, 23 May 2004 06:56:26 -0700
>I agree with you 100%, Joan.
>In a party-line primary system, such as Idaho's, which primary do
>independents vote? Are they required not to vote in either primary?
>they vote in both primaries? Are they to restrict their vote to the
>election? Is an Idaho independent to be labeled (as that old Beatles song
>says) "a dead skunk in the middle of the road".
>I ask this because, although I have strong liberal leanings, (as I have
>stated many many times before) I consider myself to be an independent as do
>so many other Idahoans. I realize that I have stated that I am a
>Democrat. Anybody that votes should realize that you do not register with
>party when you vote in Idaho. You simply vote and sign the voting log.
>Eliminate the party-line primary system.
>Tom "Just another North Idaho skunk" Hansen
>Not On The Palouse, Not Ever
>"Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the
>and steady dedication of a lifetime." --Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On
>Behalf Of Joan Opyr
> Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2004 7:10 PM
> To: Vision2020 Moscow
> Subject: [Vision2020] Voter turn out
> Dear Visionaries:
> I understand from a wide variety of sources that voter turn out is key
>the Schroeder-Vance race. The Vance crowd is hoping for a low turn out,
>which will allow a small but driven hard right minority to oust the
>Schroeder. I strongly encourage voters to look closely at these
>Gregg Vance's political views on a host of issues ranging from public
>education to basic civil rights are indistinguishable from Doug Wilson's.
> Tuesday's primary is just as important as November's election, and so,
>they used to say in old Chicago, "Vote early and vote often."
> Joan Opyr/Auntie Establishment
> PS: Don't like waiting in line? Go to the Latah County Courthouse on
>Monday and vote absentee. It's quick, it's easy, and you can keep your
>virtuous, civic duty buzz on for a whole extra day.
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