State primary system draws local criticism for excluding independents, others
There are 6 comments on the The York Daily Record story from May 21, 2011, titled State primary system draws local criticism for excluding independents, others. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:York College political science professor Melvin Kulbicki sees a certain doomed futility in trying to take the politics out of politics.
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#1 May 21, 2011
The party's nominee should be chosen from members of that party. To do otherwise would be a travesty. If you want to register as an independent, then you don't get to vote in the primaries. The choice is yours.
#2 May 21, 2011
Don't think the people in these open primary states consider their system a travesty. I think it's time Pennsylvania moves out of the good old boy party boss system.
#3 May 22, 2011
This is not a choice and we need to change the system. Sorry to your thinking but times have changed. A system that locks out any voter is not a fair and just system. The United States of America was created to be fair and just to all.
#4 May 22, 2011
I agree with you. There are more than two parties now. We must recognize all valid parties. Even though I am registed with a recognized party. I would still like to choose the candidate I want to when I enter the voting booth. I'm tired of debates between two parties. I here the same old nonsense over and over again. I don't want to here these two parties anymore. I want new choices and ideas.
#5 May 22, 2011
I'm sorry, I ment "hear".
#6 May 23, 2011
Thank you for this article. The rights of the people HAVE to outweigh the rights of the two major parties if we are to advance - versus continue to erode - our democracy. Independents are making a statement by not affiliating with either of the two major parties and should not ever have to be forced to register into one of the parties to participate in the the crucial first round of voting called the primaries. And just because things are set up this way does not mean that they have to or should stay the same. Also, Independents are not out to change registration strategically to vote for the other major party's least elect-able candidate, if that goes on that is an issue of corruption between the two major parties NOT independents. We are nationally up to 38% of the electorate, more than either of the two major parties, but the election system remains grossly biased for and benefiting Democrats and Republicans. Please join our organization's efforts to support Rep. Depasquale's set of reform bills. You can find us at PA Independents org
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