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Manipulating voters

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  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Here in FL I got an memo from the Election Committee who said that I as an Independent can't vote because you can only vote if you selected a Party. I call that pure discrimination; you should be able to vote always if you are an registered voter.

    Yes that is how things work in this country; nothing can be done simple and straightforward. I agree with Trump that the system is rigged, but I new that already years ago and I did not go to Trump University to find that out.

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  • Independent
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    dutch, from what i can tell by the mighty google that only applies to primaries as florida is a closed primary state.
  • Liberal Democrat
    Democrat
    Colorado Springs, CO
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    I downloaded this from the Florida State website:

    "The 2016 Primary Election is held 10 weeks before the General Election. In the Primary Election, voters registered with one of Florida’s political parties express their preference for the candidates they would like to see representing their party on the General Election ballot in November. In addition, all voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in non-partisan races on the ballot (such as school boards), referendums, or proposed constitutional amendments.

    "Florida’s Primary Election is on August 30, 2016. The deadline for voters to register to vote or update their party affiliation for the Primary Election is August 1, 2016. Eligible voters can vote-by-mail (absentee), by voting early, or vote at the polls on Election Day."

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    I am in full support of Florida's closed primary system. It beats Colorado's caucus system by a mile.

    The reason why many states have closed primaries is to prevent voters from the opposing party from crossing over and voting for the weaker candidate. It happens when one party has an overwhelming favorite candidate within his/her party, but sees one of the opposing party candidates as a formidable foe. Both Democrats and Republicans do it.

    Florida has a rather short one month time to be affiliated with a party. Many other states have 60 days. New York I think is 3 or 4 months. There are a few like Colorado that allow you to declare an affiliation on election day if you are unaffiliated. However, if you are affiliated with a party, you cannot change parties on election day. In Colorado, you would have had to have done that 60 days before the primary election or caucus.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Democrat
    Portland, OR
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    Schmidt Wrote:I am in full support of Florida's closed primary system. It beats Colorado's caucus system by a mile.

    The reason why many states have closed primaries is to prevent voters from the opposing party from crossing over and voting for the weaker candidate. It happens when one party has an overwhelming favorite candidate within his/her party, but sees one of the opposing party candidates as a formidable foe. Both Democrats and Republicans do it.

    I agree. I love the fact that Oregon has a closed primary for that very reason. If we had an open primary than Republicans would be able to dilute the Democratic vote and possibly tip the scales.

    And Dutch--This is just for the primary. You do not have to be registered with any party to vote in the general election, only in the primary election.