Glenn Greenwald presents 25 reasons to register as a Republican
The candidate supported by progressives — President Obama … holds heinous views on a slew of critical issues and himself has done heinous things with the power he has been vested. He has slaughtered civilians — Muslim children by the dozens — not once or twice, but continuously in numerous nations with drones, cluster bombs and other forms of attack. He has sought to overturn a global ban on cluster bombs. He has institutionalized the power of Presidents — in secret and with no checks — to target American citizens for assassination-by-CIA, far from any battlefield. He has waged an unprecedented war against whistleblowers, the protection of which was once a liberal shibboleth. He rendered permanently irrelevant the War Powers Resolution, a crown jewel in the list of post-Vietnam liberal accomplishments, and thus enshrined the power of Presidents to wage war even in the face of a Congressional vote against it. His obsession with secrecy is so extreme that it has become darkly laughable in its manifestations, and he even worked to amend the Freedom of Information Act (another crown jewel of liberal legislative successes) when compliance became inconvenient.
He has entrenched for a generation the once-reviled, once-radical Bush/Cheney Terrorism powers of indefinite detention, military commissions, and the state secret privilege as a weapon to immunize political leaders from the rule of law. He has shielded Bush era criminals from every last form of accountability. He has vigorously prosecuted the cruel and supremely racist War on Drugs, including those parts he vowed during the campaign to relinquish — a war which devastates minority communities and encages and converts into felons huge numbers of minority youth for no good reason. He has empowered thieving bankers through the Wall Street bailout, Fed secrecy, efforts to shield mortgage defrauders from prosecution, and the appointment of an endless roster of former Goldman, Sachs executives and lobbyists. He’s brought the nation to a full-on Cold War and a covert hot war with Iran, on the brink of far greater hostilities. He has made the U.S. as subservient as ever to the destructive agenda of the right-wing Israeli government. His support for some of the Arab world’s most repressive regimes is as strong as ever.
Most of all, America’s National Security State, its Surveillance State, and its posture of endless war is more robust than ever before. The nation suffers from what National Journal‘s Michael Hirsh just christened “Obama’s Romance with the CIA.” He has created what The Washington Post just dubbed “a vast drone/killing operation,” all behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy and without a shred of oversight. Obama’s steadfast devotion to what Dana Priest and William Arkin called “Top Secret America” has severe domestic repercussions as well, building up vast debt and deficits in the name of militarism that create the pretext for the “austerity” measures which the Washington class (including Obama) is plotting to impose on America’s middle and lower classes… Full article at Salon.com
In almost half of all states the only way that you can voice your opposition to these despicable policies is to register as a Republican 30 days (in some states less) prior to the primary election. As a registered Republican you have the privilege of voting for the candidate that has taken a contrary position on all of these issues, Ron Paul.
You can also help send Romney or Gingrich packing as an added perk. But be sure to re-register as a Republican in time.
From The Center for Voting and Democracy:
Voters of any affiliation may vote for the candidate of whatever party they choose. Some of these open primary states may not have party registration at all; however open primary states do prohibit voters in X primary from going on to participate in Y’s primary or runoff. Yet, this prohibition can be difficult to enforce.
The crucial issue in open primary states is “crossover” voting, which can contribute to the victory of a nominee closer to the center or radically further away. It most often involves members of Party Y (either in an area dominated by Party X or when Party Y’s nominee is a foregone conclusion) voting for the Party X candidate whose views are the most reconciliable with their own. Though this brings the race closer to the center, Democratic and Republican party establishments generally dislike open primaries.
Occasionally, there are concerns about sabotage, or “party crashing,” which involves voting for the most polarizing candidate in the other party’s primary to bolster the chances that it will nominate someone “unelectable” to general election voters in November. An example is Republicans voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential primary.
Only voters registered with a given party can vote in the primary. Parties may have the option to invite unaffiliated voters to participate. Typically, however, independent voters are left out of the process entirely unless they choose to sacrifice their freedom of association for the opportunity to have their say in who represents them. Closed primaries may also exacerbate the radicalization that often occurs at the primary stage, when candidates must cater to the “base,” yet the “fringe” of the party are typically more motivated to turn out.
In a few states, independent voters may register with a party on Election Day. However, they must remain registered with that party until they change their affiliation again. A couple of states even allow voters registered with one party to switch their registration at the polls to vote in another party’s primary. In these rare instances, a closed primary can more closely resemble open or semi-closed primaries than the closed primaries of other states.
Independents may choose which party primary to vote in, but voters registered with a party may only vote in that party’s primary. The middle ground between the exclusion of independents in a closed primary and the free-for-all of open primaries, the semi-closed, primary mostly eliminates the concern about members registered to other parties “raiding” another’s election.
Of course people who align with Party X may theoretically still vote in Party Y’s primary if they just register as independent, but it appears most voters do not think that way. Moreover, the potential for sabotage through tactical party registration is also present in the strictest of closed primaries.
Top Two/ non-partisan primary:
This method puts all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, on the same ballot. The top two vote-getters then face off in the general election. This type of system is used in California, Louisiana, and Washington, as well as in Nebraska for non-partisan election such as for the state’s legislature.
Note on terminology: “Top Two” primaries are often referred to as “open primaries,” but that terminology has long been used in reference to the type of party primaries in which all voters may choose in which party’s primary to participate. By contrast, the “Top Two” system eliminates party primaries altogether. It is more accurately described as “nonpartisan primaries.” It would be more precise and less confusing to at least call them “nonpartisan open primaries.”
The following is a running list of states by types of party primary, updated December 2011:
|State||Closed||Open||Semi-Closed||Source||Remarks||Presidential Primary or Caucus|
|Alabama||x||Ala. Code § 17-13- 7||Open|
|Alaska||R||D||Alaska Stat. §§ 15.25.014, 15.25.060||Parties select who may vote in their primaries. To vote in the GOP primary, a voter must be registered as a Republican 30 days before Election Day.||Open|
|Arizona||x||Ariz. Att’y Gen. Op. No. I99-025 (R99-049)||Arizona uses a “Presidential Preference” system instead of a traditional primary system. Voters must be registered for a party in order to receive a ballot.||Closed|
|Arkansas||x||Ark. Code Ann. § § 7-7-306- 308||Open|
|California||N/A||N/A||N/A||Proposition 14; CA S.B. 28||California uses the “Top Two” Plan. On June 8, 2010 voters passed Prop. 14 to create a nonpartisan blanket primary system in which all candidates are listed on the same primary ballot and the top two vote recipients face off in the general election.||R: Closed; D: Semi-Closed|
|Colorado||x||Colo. Rev. Stat. § 1-7-201||Closed, but unaffiliated voters may, however, change their party registration up until Election Day. Affiliated voters must change affiliation 29 days prior to the election.||Closed|
|Connecticut||x||Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 9-431, 9-59||Parties may choose to allow for semi-closed elections if they make a change to their party rules; however, as of now, the primaries remain closed.||Closed|
|District of Columbia||x||D.C. Code Ann. § 1-1001.09(g)(1); 1-1001.05(b)(1)||Closed primary for D.C. elected officials such as Delegate, Mayor, Chairman, members of Council, and Board of Education.||Closed|
|Delaware||x||Del. Code Ann. § 3110||Closed|
|Florida||x||Fla. Stat. Ann. § 101.021||Closed|
|Georgia||x||R: Semi-Closed; D: Open|
|Hawaii||x||Haw. Rev. Stat § 12-31||No party affiliation at registration.||Open|
|Idaho||R||D||Idaho Code Ann. § 34-904A||Until 2011, all Idaho primaries were open. After the GOP obtained a declaratory judgment that mandating open primaries violated freedom of association and was thus unconstitutional in Idaho Republican Party v. Ysura, the legislature passed a bill allowing parties to choose which type of primary they use. Democrats have chosen a semi-closed primary; unaffiliated voters may register a party at the polls on election day, but they are bound to that party affiliation at the next election.||R: Closed; D: Semi-Closed|
|Illinois||x||10 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/7-43, -45||Voters declare their party affiliation at the polling place to a judge who must then announce it “in a distinct tone of voice, sufficiently loud to be heard by all persons in the polling place.” If there is no “challenge,” the voter is given the primary ballot for his or her declared party.||Semi-Closed|
|Indiana||x||Ind. Code §§ 3-10- 1-6, 1-9||Classified as a “modified open” primary.” A voter must have voted in the last general election for a majority of the nominees of the party holding the primary, or if that voter did not vote in the last general election, that voter must vote for a majority of the nominees of that party who is holding the primary. However, there is really no way to enforce this, and cross-over occurs often. The same modified open primary is used for the presidential primary.||Open|
|Iowa||x||Voters may change party on the day of the primary election.||Closed|
|Kansas||R||D||Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 25-3301||Federal courts declared KS law unconstitutional and now the parties decide who will vote in their primaries. In 2012, Republicans will hold closed primaries; however, they will allow unaffiliated voters to register Republican on election day. Democrats will allow both affiliated and unaffiliated voters to vote.||Closed|
|Kentucky||x||Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 116.055||Closed|
|Louisiana||x||Act 570||The congressional primaries changed from a closed system to an open system with the passage of Act 570, effective January 1, 2011||Closed|
|Maine||x||Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, §§ 111, 340||Closed|
|Maryland||x||Md. Code Ann., Elec. Law §§ 3- 303, 8-202||Parties may choose to hold open primaries, but must notify the State Board of Elections 6 months prior.||Closed|
|Massachusetts||x||Mass. Gen. Laws ch.53 §37||Semi-Closed|
|Michigan||x||Mich. Comp. Laws § 168.575; Public Act 163||Voters do not have to declare a political party to vote; but must vote for all one party once they enter the voting booth.||Closed|
|Minnesota||x||Minn. Stat. § 204D.08||Open|
|Mississippi||x||Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-575||No registration by party affiliation. However, in order to participate in the primary, a voter must support the nominations made in that primary.||Open|
|Missouri||x||Mo. Rev. Stat. § 115.397||R: Semi-Closed; D: Open|
|Montana||x||Mont. Code Ann. § 13-10-301||No party registration in MT. Each voter has the choice which ballot to use on Election Day.||Open|
|Nebraska||x||Neb. Rev. Stat. § 32-702||Partisan primaires are closed, meaning congressional primaries are closed; however unaffiliated voters may vote for a candidate of a particular party.||Semi-Closed|
|Nevada||x||Nev. Rev. Stat. §§ 293.287, 293.518||Closed|
|New Hampshire||x||N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann § 659:14||Closed primaries in effect; but the statute allows for semi-closed primary if that party’s rules allow for it.||Semi-Closed|
|New Jersey||x||N.J. Stat. Ann. § 19:31-13.2||Closed|
|New Mexico||x||N.M. Stat. §1-12-7.2||Parties may choose to allow for semi-closed elections if they make a change to their party rules; however, as of now, the primaries remain closed.||Closed|
|New York||x||N.Y. Elec. Law § 5-304||Closed|
|North Carolina||x||N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 163-59, -119||State law provides for closed primaries, but both parties have opened them up to unaffiliated voters, who may choose on Election Day.||Semi-Closed|
|North Dakota||x||N.D. Cent. Code, § 40-21-06||No party registration.||R: Closed; D: Open|
|Ohio||x||Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3513.19||Voters’ right to vote in the primary may be challenged on the basis that they are not affiliated with the party for whom they are voting in the primary.||Closed|
|Oklahoma||x||Okla. Stat. §26-1-104||Closed|
|Oregon||x||Or. Rev. Stat. §§ 247.203, 254.365||Closed|
|Pennsylvania||x||25 Pa. Stat. Ann. § 2812||Closed|
|Rhode Island||x||R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 17-9.1-23||An unaffiliated voter for the past 90 days may designate his or her party affiliation on election day by voting for that party in the primary.||Semi-Closed|
|South Carolina||x||S.C.Code Ann. §§ 7-11-10||A U.S. District Court judge ruled inGreenville County Republican Party Executive Committee v. South Carolina, that South Carolina’s open primary is constitutional.||Open|
|South Dakota||R||D||S.D. Codified Laws § 12-6-26||Parties may choose to allow for semi-closed elections. Democrats have opened up their primaries to allow unaffiliated voters to vote.||R: Closed; D: Open|
|Tennessee||x||Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-7-115||Voters must affiliate with a party, but may choose to affiliate with that party on the election day. In Tennessee, voters are not registered with party affiliations.||Closed|
|Texas||x||Tex Elec. Code Ann. § 172.086||No registration by party; voters are not held to affilation of past election. Each year, voters have a clean slate and must choose on primary day whether to vote by a party affilation or as unaffiliated; voters are held to that affiliation in the runoff. For the presidential primary, it is the same system as of December 19, 2011.||Open|
|Utah||R||D||Utah Code Ann. §§ 20A-2-107.5||Parties may choose to open up the primary. Currently, Republicans have a closed primary while Democrats have opened up the primary.||R: Closed; D: Open|
|Vermont||x||Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 17, § 2363||No registration by party. For presidential primary, voters must declare which ballots they want.||Open|
|Virginia||x||Va. Code Ann. § 24.2-530||If a primary is called, it will be open.||Open|
|Washington||N/A||N/A||N/A||Wash. Rev. Code § 29A.52.112, 29A.36.171||Similar to California’s Top Two system.||R: Closed; D: Semi-Closed|
|West Virginia||x||W. Va. Code § 3-5- 4||Technically a closed system, but all parties allow any voter who is not registered with an official party to request their ballot for the Primary Election.||Semi-Closed|
|Wisconsin||x||Wis. Stat. § 6.80||Voters may vote for only one party, but do not have to be affiliated with any party before coming into vote on Election Day.||Open|
|Wyoming||x||Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 22-5-212||A voter can change his or her party affiliation on election day.|
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