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  • Pinebox (400 posts)
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    To those who think Dems shouldn't have open primaries

    This is all I have to say.

     

    Pastiche, GloriaMundi, bbgrunt and 3 othersB Calm, mmonk, djean111 like this

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  • daleanime (2122 posts)
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    1. They , the parties, should be a little more honest……

    since only those who can write big checks are allowed to have a say in choosing candidates……  :grr:

    When the going gets tough, the tough take care of each other
  • tiamat (678 posts)
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    2. Open primaries are fine; top two to the general kills Greens in California.

  • bigwillq (278 posts)
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    3. I am a huge fan of open primaries

    I hope my state makes them open

    “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” -TR
  • retired liberal (1386 posts)
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    4. Closed Primaries gives the party control of the choices the voters have.

    Open primaries gives the voter more control over who they want for their leaders.
    This last election is proof of that.

    No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up. Lily Tomlin
  • B Calm (810 posts)
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    5. With over 50% of voters no longer feeling their party

    represents them anymore and many of them are now registered as independents, you’d think party leadership would be welcoming new voters instead of turning them away.  Along comes a candidate that inspires them to vote, why shouldn’t they have every right to be in the selection process if the party wants their vote in the general election? Primary elections are funded by tax payers, not by political party.

    “When I was a kid growing up, I think my instincts always were for the underdog.” – Bernie Sanders    
    • oldandhappy (3229 posts)
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      6. The general includes everyone theoretically.

      So if you choose one candidate in a closed primary that does not draw in the general, tis a fore gone conclusion you will not win.  But hey, who am I to know??!!

  • Skink (535 posts)
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    7. Living in a very red state until we go to the popular vote

    Very few  will campaign here. My vote is disenfranchised to begin with.

    • B Calm (810 posts)
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      8. I live in a very red state, but at least we have open primaries.

      “When I was a kid growing up, I think my instincts always were for the underdog.” – Bernie Sanders    
  • nevereVereven (2544 posts)
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    9. Well, we just saw the ultimate CLOSED primary…

    How well did that work out?

    A hologram of a magnifying glass will also function as a magnifying glass, but a hologram of Sherlock Holmes won't solve anything.  
  • Half Century Man (771 posts)
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    10. Open primarys untill

    Party affiliations don’t mysteriously switch for ten years, party registration is same day or within 7 days of voting.

    Candidates, their staff, and families must be absent from states on primary voting day, can cast absentee ballotI (or provisional ballots).

  • NUGrrl (175 posts)
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    11. Closed primaries and super-delegates to protect the party oligarchy

    make it very hard to wag one’s finger at the GOP to lecture them about the electoral college and voter suppression.

    Yes,  I'm Progressive. Yes, I'm pro-2A. Yes, I'm the loyal opposition. Yes, that's my tattoo.