a reply to: links234
Is this commonplace? I mean party affiliation and all but what if something happens? What if the candidate you THOUGHT you would vote for drops out?
First: the Primary is run by the state on behalf of the party. If a party wants a primary, that is the party's business. Funding the election itself
is different from state to state, I believe it is generally it is a mixture of public and party funds. The advantage of public funding for the party's
internal candidate selection process is that the election workers get to practice before the real thing happens.
Second: there is nothing in the registration deadline that says you have to pick a candidate or even positively decide to vote at all before the
primary election date. It just says that if you want to participate in some political party's primary, then you have to register to vote in that
party's primary by the deadline so they can have the voter lists prepared. Only those voters who register Republican vote in the Republican Primary,
only those registered Democrats vote in the Democratic Primary, and so on if there are other party primaries going on. People registered independent
do not vote in the primaries; only the General Election.
By the way, you aren't 'enrolled' in a Party. You are registered to participate in a Party Primary. Registration has nothing to do with party
membership. It just says you want to vote in a primary. If you want to join a party and participate in its structure and all that stuff, it is your
business and your business alone, nothing to do with the Elections office or your voter registration.
Third: they didn't give you 2 days, the deadline has been known and published for a long time. You just noticed the deadline 2 days before that
deadline. That is not the Elections office problem, or the fault of the law, or anything else - just you not noticing it and 'blanking out' any public
notices broadcast or published in the paper or whatever. If you don't need to make any changes, you don't need to do anything.
Fourth: nominating party preference has absolutely nothing to do with the general election. In the parties primary you only choose between those
people who wish to be run for the specified office as the nominee of that party. If there is not more than one person running for an office, there
will generally not be a primary for that office (waste of money). So registered Republicans don't vote in the Democratic Primary.
Fifth: you still have some time to get your registration sorted out before the general election - but there will be a deadline for that as well. They
do have to 'freeze' the changes, print the voter lists and get them distributed to all the polling places sometime you know. Again, if you don't need
to make any changes, then you have nothing to do. You don't need to pick a party for the general election and you can vote for anyone you want. If you
need to change your address, then why not do it way ahead of time and avoid the rush?
Note: yes I know some states have 'open primaries' where you aren't restricted to the primary you are registered in. I don't believe New York is one
of those. I am prepared to be corrected, of course.
Edit: OK, someone has pointed out that NY has the earliest deadline of all. Don't know what the NY's reasoning is, but I guess that's New York law. I
assume its been in place for quite a while so there is really nothing to get upset about. Of course if you want it to change, just complaining about
it on the internet isn't the most effective way to go about it.
edit on 8/10/2015 by rnaa because: (no reason given)