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.