Tuesday, June 28, 2011


States have the option of using an open, closed or other primary system depending on their individual election laws.  An open primary system does not require a voter to declare for which party she plans to cast her ballot or to be affiliated with a political party when voting for a partisan candidate.  Depending on the state, primary elections can be held at various times during the year.  Voters are not required to declare their political party at their polling station, but they are required to select one party's ballot and vote for only that party's field of candidates.

In an election year where an incumbent, such as Obama, has no primary opponent, Democrat voters flock to the polls in the primaries to vote for the candidate Obama can MOST LIKELY BEAT.  This is how the left will try to choose Obama’s 2012 opponent.

States with Open Primaries

Fourteen states use an open party primary system, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.  

States with Open Caucus Primaries

Three states use the open caucus system, which is a gathering of individuals from a specific area that choose their party's nominee.  Those in attendance nominate their party's candidate for their specific caucus.  To participate in an open caucus, an individual voter does not have to declare her political party.  Hawaii, Minnesota and North Dakota conduct open caucus primary elections.

If you live in an open primary/caucus state, I suggest you petition your legislative body to revert to a closed system.  Democrats should choose their candidate, and Republicans should choose theirs.  We cannot allow the left and the mainstream media to select our candidate next year.


  1. This is crap! My state of Mississippi has party primaries, with the option of not having to state a party preference. IMO, an open primary would put all candidates on one ballot, with the 2 high vote getters (if no one got a majority in the open primary), having a runoff in the general election.

    The current system is TOTALLY biased toward party politics, since independents cznnot vote in either party primary, where many races are decided, and if there is a Dem vs. Rep contest in the general election, the independents must choose between the Dem crook or the Rep crook, or vote for a 3rd party candidate and take your vote away from the lesser of the two party evils. This is how Bill Clinton became president with 39% of the vote.

  2. In NC, we register as Democrat, Republican or other..... when you go to vote in a primary, they look you up - and you are handed your PARTY BALLOT.... now that's not to say that a bunch of Dems can change their registration before the primary deadlines - and many will.... but to be able to walk in and just vote for ANYONE..???? THAT is KRAP!