Skip to comments.Readers unhappy with loss of privacy in Michigan primary elections
Posted on 12/28/2011 7:42:17 PM PST by Snoopers-868th
For decades, Michigan voters have been able to vote in primary elections without anyone knowing whether they were choosing the Democratic or Republican ballot.
That changes under a new law that goes in action for February's presidential primary.
Now the candidates for each party will be printed on separate ballots, and voters will have to fill out a form at the polls that states which ballot they are selecting.
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I’m not thrilled with it because it didn’t really close the primary. Instead it provides a mailing list to the parties.
That sounds dangerous.
I don’t want anybody to know whom I voted for.
This is how we get the McCain’s of the world with these damned open primaries. And I know you know. I’m just surprised the GOP hasn’t fixed this yet.
Exactly. Tons of robocalls coming our way. I bet many will not vote in the primary.
Texas does this.
Ya....but without Voter I.D. nobody will ever know “who” selected which ballot....
Private ballots were a right and necessary for freedom in the USA. Are we now a Marxist country? Don’t answer that.....it is obvious that we no longer are free people.
We’ve got a voter ID law in Michigan. I think the GOP wave last year was a sign that it works.
What people don’t realize is that in some states people only register to vote and don’t pick party’s. Its not open primaries if you don’t have party’s to begin with. Now saying that I am for closed primaries. If you want to vote in the Republican Primary, register as a Republican.
Has anyone else seen Universal Product Code (UPC) on any of their ballots yet? Saw one on the last ballot cast in my neck of the woods.
I totally got it. I just don’t understand why people can’t find a party that identifies with their ideological viewpoint.
Nevermind...I do understand that.
You are not required to specify party to register to vote in Michigan.
big brother is watching.
“Weve got a voter ID law in Michigan.”
Wait til Holder’s DOJ gets through with you!
....sometime before next November.......
No. If it is only identifying ballots for one town or city, that make sense, however if they are unique to each paper ballot that is a whole other issue.
How would a person be able to know?
I’ve never been able to read bar-code. LOL
Ballot was scanned before being handed to me. God only knows what other information was accompanied with the scan. My neck of the woods is not Michigan, though this maybe is something to look out for in 2012 (nationwide).
Until the electronic machines came to my county thanks to HAVA the poll worker handed you a card (different color for each party) which you handed to the poll worker setting the machine.
Voter lists by party are available at no cost to candidates and for a low fee to the general public. The lists show which elections you voted in.
Pennsylvania “supervoters” like yours truly get lots of robocalls.
Party registration has been around almost as long as this country. No. Big. Deal.
In CT I never had a ballot scanned, except for the tabulating machine, just went to the table presented ID, whether they liked it or not, and was handed a ballot from a stack.
No one will. All it does is record which party's primary you chose to participate in. It is actually quite common all across the country and has been for many decades.
You are exactly right. It is worse then before.
Primary elections at state expense are subsidies for the established political parties already and now they are marketing events as well.
We do things different in Canada. When we vote, all the candidates or on one sheet of paper.
There is no keeping track of which party is being voted for, other than the fact that a certain party has taken the riding.
Absolutely 0 chance of union controlled voter intimidation THERE folks, just as there was no chance of conflict of interest when the SEIU got Harry Reid reelected in Nevada. Nope, such a thing would be highly unexpected.
Wow, that makes tossing Republican ballots in the shredder much easier.
I don’t believe I have ever declared a party and I have voted for years and years.
Always printed out name and signed a paper. Paper was compared to voting roll, name was crossed off and I was given a ballot. I don’t recall if it was numbered or not but I usually ask how many have voted.
We still have, or at least we had in 2010, the same system. The ballot was via black pen connect-the-arrow method then I put the ballot in an automated tabulation thingy and my ballot was put in a locked cylinder.
I don't vote in Democrat primary elections for their candidates. I am not a Democrat.
I don't want Democrats and/or misc. unaffiliated people voting in Republican primary elections. They are not Republicans.
Who you vote for in general elections is your business.
But you should not be allowed to vote in a primary, for a party you are not affiliated with.
Oh, and we do have to show ID.
All they’re doing is making people choose their party in the primary like most other states do. They aren’t revealing who that person voted for however.
Not a problem for me. I want Republicans picking Republicans, and Democrats picking Democrats as much as possible. Would rather have contrast than two mushy middlers parsing platitudes and putting their finger in the wind so we avoid the John McCains of the world.
Voter ID knocked down in the state where I reside. Hugh and Series!
We even got a magnetic strip reader for driver’s licenses when voting now.
We have had voter ID in Michigan about as long as I have lived here (20 years).
Wow, you are high tech.
As noted in my post #15:
Wait til Holders DOJ gets through with you!
....sometime before next November.......
Are IDs being run through a machine before allowing a vote to be cast? Just curious. Please Lord, no death threats. Amen.
For decades, Michigan voters have been able to vote in primary elections without anyone knowing whether they were choosing the Democratic or Republican ballot.By "decaces" this story must mean about 20 or 25 years; I remember voting in a primary at the Kentwood library, and having to fill out the party pref card in order to receive the (one-party) ballot, must have been somewhere in the range of late 1983 to early 1985. It changed sometime after that.
In California, where I am registered to vote, I have always received a Republican primary ballot since I started declaring a party. The poll workers look at how you are registered on the books, and give you the appropriate ballot.
What is the perceived problem in Michigan? Separate ballots? Or is it the process of filling out a form stating which ballot one wants?
Unfortunately, it's still an open primary, since one can choose a party ballot the same day.
Most of the party establishment likes closed primaries. The democrats don't want Geoff Fieger winning primaries. Republicans didn't want McCain winning.
Voiced my complaint at township hall, they were totally uninterested in my complaint...That was how the democrats kept control of the township....
this was in Michigan, Lenox county, primary voting.
“Hi, boys. Y’all remember to vote today???” They could beat someone to death and Holder would say that it wasn’t racist since the guys doing the beating weren’t white.
How I wish they had tried to stop me on election day. “Never bring a baseball bat to a ...”
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