Post 382: Andy finds the ‘nip





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This year, Nebraska voters who registered as “Nonpartisan” can ask to get ballots that allow them to vote in the primary on the Democratic Party ballots as a “Nonpartisan-Democrat”. One other party (I think a libertarian party, but don’t recall) allows Nonpartisans to vote on their primary ballots, too. The Republican Party doesn’t allow Nonpartisans to vote on their primary ballots.

I voted 4-23-14

I voted 4-23-14

I don’t know that there is any particular benefit to approaching the primary either way, but am glad I had a chance to vote for actual people in state-level positions for a change without having to register for one of two parties I don’t particularly identify with.

I mean, I’m conservative on some issues, liberal on others, and centrist on most. Today’s parties are too polarized to include me. As a person registered as a Nonpartisan, voting in the primary was a waste of time and money for the county and me: Last time, I had exactly one thing to vote on, and it was something related to regional Natural Resources District policies or something. (I had no horse in that race.)

6 thoughts on “Post 382: Andy finds the ‘nip

  1. At least for one primary, we’ll see how “Mary” does in Nebraska! I this rule change saved me from changing my registration to one of the main parties so I actually had a say in the election.

  2. Well, there is a downside to letting non committed people pick your candidates. When I lived in Illinois a few years back, the Democrats used to let the LaRouche party set up candidates on their slate in the primaries. To their embarrassment, outside of the Governor, all the other major positions were won by the LaRouchies and they had to repudiate their own candidates before the election and throw their support to Republicans.

    It was a fairly embarrassing matter all around.

    • That’s interesting, and something I wouldn’t have anticipated! I’ll be interested to see how it works here, given Republicans most likely will win regardless. However, there are at least six candidates for governor on the Republican slate. That could lead to something like you mentioned happening in Illinois.

      • In general, the Republicans (and usually the Democrats) make sure all candidates are at least acceptable to the party as a standard bearer should they win. The danger in an open primary would be for a huge gob of Republicans in Nebraska voting in the Democrat primary to pick the one least likely to win. The claim in Illinois was that the nutty candidates were named “Mary Jones” while the main candidates were “Pzudulusky” and the low info voters picked the most familiar name they saw.

  3. Sounds like Idaho could take a lesson from Nebraska. I hate to sit out an election but even more so I hate the idea of affirming that I’m a member of a political party that does not reflect my views.

    • I answered this elsewhere, but it didn’t transfer here. One of those WordPress mystery days, I guess. Anyway, it is nice to be able to vote for something instead of sit out an election or vote on something in which I have no specific interest (or knowledge). I’m glad the Democrats and the party I can’t recall by name decided to allow nonpartisan voters to stop by. Maybe it gives a better sense of how many people they need to pull away from the Republicans to win in a state where Republicans typically win by 60% or more of the vote. I know I used to be registered as a Republican just so I could vote in primaries. The extreme swing right, however, turned me off, I didn’t quite fit the Democrats, so…! (I probably am more Democrat than Republican, but I tend to vote across party lines for the person.)

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