Currently, the primaries and caucuses are asynchronous, and give the earlier states a greater choice of candidates. This means, the people in later primary states may have wanted a candidate that already has been eliminated. It would make more sense to have a single primary day nationwide. Also, depending on what state you live in, you may not be able to vote in whichever party's primary that you want - and if you are registered Independent, may not be able to vote at all. This is unfairly silencing many voters.
Primary elections give each party to show off their best candidates, and determining based upon state elections push forward their best candidate for the general election. No other alternative method has come forward that will allow each state to give their individual opinion on a wide scale and compare to others. Until a better option is viable this is what we will use.
Primaries create a lot of unnecessary spending. Campaigners travel to many different cities and create massive expenses on travel and campaign locations. If debates were strictly online, or on the national news only, then everyone would have the opportunity to hear each candidate's opinion and make informed decisions, while limiting spending.
He earliest Open Primaries in the United States were held in Nebraska and Wisconsin. Open primaries are held for presidential elections in Uruguay starting from the 1996 constitution. In the United States, there are two general categories -- partisan and non-partisan. In the Wisconsin (non-partisan) model, voters were permitted to vote for candidates of any political party, in any race, regardless of party affiliation. This version of the open primary was recently found Constitutional by the US Supreme Court. . In the Nebraska (partisan) model, voters were restricted to one and only one party ballot. Current partisan versions of the open primary are held in Virginia and other states.
Our current primary system for presidential elections is as flawed as they come. By allowing some states to hold primaries earlier then others we effectively leave our entire electoral process up to these small states and a very small section of voters. It is clear whoever does well in the early primaries gets more campaign money and media coverage.
In a culture where the government is consistently on trial by society for being too "boys club" or "not for the people", it stands to reason that the people would like more alternatives. Most people grow up knowing that the choices for presidents are decided by their parties, then primaries, and then by us choosing the "lesser of two evils". The average citizen is given few choices, with no real knowledge of the candidates, as their parties have orchestrated all of it. Our country's citizens need better options and ideas put forth, so that we can move forward fairly in a climate that has changed and evolved.
In 2008, there were numerous candidates running for President in the Republican and Democratic parties. The primaries served to whittle them down to one person whom each party could stand behind. For example, the Democrats were choosing, primarily, between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Imagine if they had no primary, the Democrats would have been overwhelmingly split, nearly 50-50, but the Republicans would have beaten them with a single, unified vote for McCain. Therefore, primaries have their importance in the election process, but only in unifying and consolidating the party's strength.
The candidates must travel throughout the entire country and express their views to various audiences. The primaries give the candidates the chance to refine their views and opinions on issues and get feedback from a large cross section of the electorate. The people in each state then vote for their choice after a thorough examination of the candidates.
Overall, I believe that primaries are the best method for our elections. With primaries, any citizen who is registered to vote can have a say in the choice of candidates. Instead of having primaries at different times in the different states, it probably would be fairer to all to have one National primary. I certainly think that primaries are fairer than the caucus system used on some states.
I don't believe that primaries are a problem. The problem seems to lie in the lack of good, qualified, moral and honest candidates. Each election these candidates seem to be lacking. For example, although President Obama was a popular candidate, I don't believe he really had the experience needed for the job, and our economic mess displays this. He has been in office over three years with no real relief to the problems multiplying in this country. Many elected candidates have been in the news in the last couple years for their immoralities. We need better candidates!
I think the primaries are a necessary part of the election process. They are a great way for the American people to familiarize themselves with the potential candidates. Changing the process will only confuse the public more than they already are. So, it is best to leave the primaries as they are.
Primary elections are a good way to narrow down the choices of candidates and weed out the ones that are unlikely to have a chance at winning. Anybody can run for public office, including the nut-job down the street, and they do. If we didn't have primary elections, there would be thousands of candidates for President on the ballot, and it would make it very difficult to vote and to tally the votes.
By using primaries, we can allow the public to have a greater voice in the choice of their new office holders. By giving the public more choices to start with, they can narrow down who they don't like and can avoid having to choose between two candidates they don't like.
Although the current system has flaws, its inclusiveness in allowing every person the opportunity to run for office is its most important feature in my opinion. If not for open primaries, we would probably have political parties selecting our candidates, something could be good or not so good for the American people. There are always going to be political operatives in the background, but I feel better knowing that I also have a small say in who runs for office by exercising my right to vote in primaries.
What alternative would you propose for the primary election? In most states now while you can only vote in the primary for one party, you don't even have to be registered as a member of a party to vote in their primary. Some people believe that caucuses are a better alternative, but this is not a very inclusive method. The party "insiders" are those whose voices are heard at the caucuses, and while they may be knowledgeable about the candidates, they may not be the best predictor of who will be most successful in winning a general election. I think that the more participation the better in choosing our candidates.
Primaries are the winnowing of candidates for one political party to a single person. Then, the different political parties run against each other. The one with the most electoral votes wins. If we did not have primaries for each political party, the national elections would have that effect. It may even be detrimental, by forcing multiple run-off elections until one person won, as lesser candidates fell off the ballot. It is more fair to each party to at least have a chance to put its best candidate or most popular candidate in the one national election, than it is to risk three or four candidates of major parties winning with a greater share of the initial voting. For example, the Green Party candidate, Ralph Nader, in 2000, had a party with only 1-2% of the population, but almost 10% of the final vote. By putting him in the national election, he had a chance to win. In an open race against Bush, Gore, and the Libertarian candidate, he wouldn't have made it to the final election.
Before the primary system, it seems that nominees of political parties were selected in back rooms by party insiders. The advent of a more democratic method of selecting the candidates who will appear on the fall ballot provides the people with an additional way to shape the ideological and policy landscape. Through primaries, inappropriate extremism can be reined in, or timid centrism can be stretched to address challenges the political status quo has neglected. This system is an important, albeit imperfect, counterweight to the power of corporate lobbyists and other special interests. Many have suggested, plausibly, that the primary campaigns in presidential elections should be shortened, but that issue is a separate one from the appropriateness of primaries per se.
The primaries are the essentials of the election process and plus they are a great way for the U.S. citizens to familiarize themselves with potential candidates. Getting to know them and just to see if they are a good match for the country, changing this only confuses others and rumors spread.
The primaries are a great way to kick off elections. Allowing the mass quantity of candidates to be thinned out is important to an election. Having too many candidates to choose from only makes the population more divided. By allowing the primaries to take place, it allows us to choose the best of the best, and then move forward from there.