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i started with one party in youth but switched with age 7 17.50%
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Old 03-28-2007, 01:13 AM   #41
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i don't vote by party, i vote by priority a lot of politics sucks - but after spending much of my college days vigorously exploring my politics, i found that whatever your beliefs are - at the end of the day - you have to find a system of government that works for a lot of different interests and that is challenging - so there are functioning, good parts of our government and not functioning wasteful parts. let's parse them out and improve it for the broadest benefit! sounds simple, but entrenched politicians too often quiver at real reforms - so we have to get enough people to understand what options are available and push for these outside of the system - while working in the system to fix things that are working but need improvement. we need an active citizenry...



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Re: how did you happen to affiliate with your political party?
Old 03-28-2007, 07:32 AM   #42
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I'm usually unhappy/disappointed with most or all of the people who get elected. I am registered as a democrat so that I get a vote in the primary, but I vote based on the person and the issues, not by party. National office elections have found me voting democrat lately, local mostly republican.
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I am fiscally conservative and socially liberal, so I have no party to turn to.
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I am the same, and registered as independent, but generally vote democratic. Since neither party, over the years, has been consistently fiscally responsible, I don't use that as a main criteria.

I am somewhat active in environmental issues and want to save and preserve our national parks and things like that, and I believe in a woman's right to choose. Those two, among other reasons, are why I vote democrat most of the time.
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Absolutely Independent

Locally, I vote for the person or his/her stance on issues. Statewise I do the same, but I tend to lean toward Democrat if it's close.

As for president, senators and representatives I used to not look at the party, just the person and issues, but I must admit that in this last election I voted almost all Democrat just try to get change to happen.

I don't know how many other states are like this but in my state if you vote for a candidate in a Primary, it registers you for that party. Long time ago I liked a Democrat in a presidential primary so I voted for him. It registered me as a Democrat ...... which just felt creepy. I didn't like having the label and I certainly didn't like all the political mail and calls I got. When I voted the following year I asked to change from Democrat back to Independent. The poll worker told me that you can't do that, you can only change from Democrat to Republican! WHAT??!! I looked at the form they had to change parties and you could only go back and forth between D and R. Umm, no way I was going to become a registered Republican!

So instead, I filled out the form, checked neither box and instead wrote in that I wanted to unregister as a Democrat and not register as either party. I never was officially notified, but at the next election, I was back to neither Democrat or Republican. Whew!

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This issue of registration and primaries is somewhat complicated. While the idea of open primaries is appealing, it opens the primaries up to gamesmanship. If one party has basically an uncontested primary, it's members can vote in the other party's primary to influence the outcome, which irritates (and probably justifiably so) faithful members of the other party.
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Over the past ten years, the national primary elections have been useless in Pa. By the time Iowa and New Hampshire have had their primaries, the field had been dramatically reduced and, when the primary came to Pa., the field was reduced to one in each of the major parties --- no choice. In the last election, Kerry was not an acceptable option for me and either was Bush. So, then who
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I'm usually unhappy/disappointed with most or all of the people who get elected. I am registered as a democrat so that I get a vote in the primary, but I vote based on the person and the issues, not by party. National office elections have found me voting democrat lately, local mostly republican.
i do something similar. difference being i either vote the party line (which i'm also, often, not real happy with) or i throw my vote away by not voting a candidate. that way, while i can't always support my side, i don't feel like i am endorsing the enemy. because a successful local candidate today can be a national one tomorrow.
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