posted on Oct, 9 2011 @ 12:01 AM
Originally posted by alfa1
Not being American, its not clear to me why people register for a particular party.
Do you HAVE to register?
If not, why would you?
Yes, (technically) you do have to register in order to vote.
In the past, at least in my state, you had to be registered within the party to vote in their primary. Now you can register "un-enrolled" and vote
in any parties primary, as that title allows you to choose whichever parties ballot you wish to vote on. To the best of my knowledge only the "State
of New Hampshire", the "Commonwealth of Massachusetts" and "The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" have this system. There are a
few states that also have what is called an open primary, which is basically the same concept. Registered Independents cannot, in most cases, vote
outside of Independent in primaries.
So to answer your question, most people are registered as one party or another simply to be able to vote in the primary races.