Re: Move to North Dakota if you really want a secret ballot, or ....

From: Charlie Strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 09:08:56 CDT

I dont see a conflict. registering for a party is not a binding
commitment to vote for it. You are free to register for a party you
oppose. and their are sound reasons why you want to segregate voters
into like minded group. Not the least of which is that all nuance on
positions gets lost in the noise of major positions.

On Aug 5, 2004, at 6:50 AM, Alan Dechert wrote:

> I contend that revealing your party when you vote in a primary is a
> compromise of the right to a secret ballot. Afterall, if you're in a
> community that leans strongly one way or the other, there is no clearer
> indication that you're leaning the wrong way if you are revealed to be
> in
> the wrong party. Potentially, this could impact your social standing,
> your
> job, your career, your business, or even your health.
> In North Dakota, they do not have voter registration. When you vote
> in a
> primary, you get a multi-party ballot and use the column that has your
> party's candidates.
> While this may not be the main reason they don't have voter
> registration, it
> has the benefit of a true secret ballot.
> I think the right to a secret ballot may trump any problems with
> cross-party
> voting in primaries--problems that may be mitigated in various ways.
> What do you think?
> Alan D.
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