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Why do we have to register for a party?

Torton
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2/14/2016 5:30:13 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 2/14/2016 5:23:28 AM, Torton wrote:
IIRC, you don't. You can vote as an independent.
That is assuming you're talking about the general election, and not the primaries.
xus00HAY
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2/15/2016 12:59:42 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
You have to register for a party to vote in a primary. You don't have to prove you really belong to the party.
So if you hate Hillary and you are republican, you can register democrat and vote for Bernie.
TBR
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2/15/2016 3:58:27 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 2/14/2016 5:15:14 AM, Dark-one wrote:
Why can't we just vote?

The parties are under no obligation to allow anyone to vote for a nominee. The only place we have rights is during actual elections.
BrendanD19
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2/16/2016 1:33:33 AM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 2/14/2016 5:15:14 AM, Dark-one wrote:
Why can't we just vote?

I agree. I think we should do something like they do in the UK.
In the UK if you want to be a member of the labour party all you have to do is sign up and pay a membership fee (which is only "3 per month or around $4 for a standard membership or "10 ($14) per year if you are low income) and you are considered a member of the party and allowed to take part in party elections, like the recent election for leader in the labour party. The Labour party also says that every union member is automatically a member of the party.
Dark-one
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2/16/2016 1:36:51 AM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 2/16/2016 1:33:33 AM, BrendanD19 wrote:
At 2/14/2016 5:15:14 AM, Dark-one wrote:
Why can't we just vote?

I agree. I think we should do something like they do in the UK.
In the UK if you want to be a member of the labour party all you have to do is sign up and pay a membership fee (which is only "3 per month or around $4 for a standard membership or "10 ($14) per year if you are low income) and you are considered a member of the party and allowed to take part in party elections, like the recent election for leader in the labour party. The Labour party also says that every union member is automatically a member of the party.

Why should I pay to join?
I was talking about no requirement to sign up, other than being a registered voter in general.
BrendanD19
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2/16/2016 1:46:42 AM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 2/16/2016 1:36:51 AM, Dark-one wrote:
At 2/16/2016 1:33:33 AM, BrendanD19 wrote:
At 2/14/2016 5:15:14 AM, Dark-one wrote:
Why can't we just vote?

I agree. I think we should do something like they do in the UK.
In the UK if you want to be a member of the labour party all you have to do is sign up and pay a membership fee (which is only "3 per month or around $4 for a standard membership or "10 ($14) per year if you are low income) and you are considered a member of the party and allowed to take part in party elections, like the recent election for leader in the labour party. The Labour party also says that every union member is automatically a member of the party.

Why should I pay to join?
I was talking about no requirement to sign up, other than being a registered voter in general.

Well this is simply a model that is used in other countries. I do like the idea of open primaries, but there is the risk of party raiding under this system.
Midnight1131
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2/16/2016 2:05:24 AM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 2/14/2016 5:15:14 AM, Dark-one wrote:
Why can't we just vote?

It's added measure that elections inside the party are participated in by people who actually want the party to do well, more or less.
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xus00HAY
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2/16/2016 1:14:55 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
In America we can crash a party during their primary, and vote for the worst one to make it easy for your party to win the real election.
Think about it, that explains why some of those ridiculous candidates have been nominated, eh?