Skip to comments.Some voters report confusion with Republican ballots (Idaho)
Posted on 05/21/2014 2:32:00 AM PDT by Libloather
Dan Rogers, a voter in Boise, told KTVB he went to his 18th district polling location right as the polls opened and wanted to vote as a Republican. Rogers says he is currently unaffiliated and wanted to affiliate the day of the election.
"So [the poll worker] sent me over to the voter registration table, and when I was there, a couple of the workers consulted, and I was informed that I was unable to vote in the primary for the Republicans unless I had been a declared member of the party since March 20," Rogers said.
Rogers says he was given the choice to take a Democratic Party ballot, an unaffiliated ballot (which only has judge's races on it), or to not vote today. He chose an unaffiliated or non-partisan ballot, but left disappointed.
(Excerpt) Read more at ktvb.com ...
It could keep RATS from playing their usual games? Dunno.
All of the states should have a closed primary for each party.
I don’t really want closed primaries, but I think each state should have the option to set up their elections however they want. In my state, they are open; you choose on the day you get your ballot. If you vote where there ends up being a runoff, you cannot vote in the runoff unless you voted in the primary, and only for the party you chose then.
As for this case, the guy can be ticked off and disappointed, but if he was so sure he wanted to be a registered Republican, he should have done it sooner.
The only confusion is Dan Rogers is registered as a democrat...trying to contaminate the vote by thinking it was an open primary...
Dan........You messed up. What can we say??
open primaries serve only to assure the RINOs are chosen by the Dems. They are weaker on issues and are nothing more than Democrat light.
So far in primaries, including the guy I loved, Matt Bevin of KY, our conservative/constitutionalists/Tea Party-ish candidates:
* have been out played
* have grossly underestimated their opponents
* have been stupid enough to have multiple candidates against the incumbent...hello, Ross Perot effect?
We have a lot to learn; hopefully wisdom was gained...somehow the TP candidates gotta meet behind closed doors and agree to who runs against the incumbent; we’ll never win otherwise.
Every state should have closed primaries, registered no less than 30 days in advance.
Open primaries mean the RATS will crossover and vote for a RINO, especially when their candidate is already locked in.
The demoncraps vote like sheep for anyone with a D after the name, so the candidate is pretty much chosen in advance.
Reading between the lines, it appears that Dan is a registered Democrat. It’s hard to call it “confusion” to prevent him from voting as a Republican.
Same deal in Jersey; you may not change parties at the polls on primary day. He must have been a registered RAT looking to change, but did not read the rules ahead of the election.
As per Ballotpedia:
Primary: Idaho is one of 22 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. The Democratic Party allows unaffiliated voters to vote in their primary. The Republican Party allows only voters registered with their party. Unaffiliated voters can choose to affiliate with a party on election day, but they will be bound to that party at the next election as well.
Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by either April 25, 2014
He could take a dem or unaffilated ballot because the dems have an open primary. The Republicans do not. The deadline to enroll was April 25.
As per KTVB.com:
Ada County Clerk Christopher Rich said the new process of the Republican closed primary has been confusing for voters and poll workers. This is the second election using the process.
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