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Are you voting?

Asked at U.S. Post Office, 645 Vt. on August 1, 2006

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“You betcha. I want my candidates to win.”

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“I’m not registered under a particular party, but I’m going to vote in the ones that I can.”

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“No. I’ve been really busy, so I’m not going to vote in the primaries. I’ll be voting in the next one.”

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“Yes. I can’t remember not voting. There are a lot of important issues, such as education, that I feel strongly about.”

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 8 months ago

I didn't vote yesterday, though I usually do. I had the day off, didn't have to go anywhere else, and it was just too damn hot to go out when I didn't have to.

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Jayhawk226 7 years, 8 months ago

From a CNN article today: Board member Connie Morris' race in western Kansas was the most closely watched. The retired teacher has described evolution as "an age-old fairy tale" and "a nice bedtime story" unsupported by science.

Well....bye Connie. See ya!

One less utter disgrace in the field of education and politics, where in Kansas, the two have become fused together at the expense of children, students and the reputation of the entire state.

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penguin 7 years, 8 months ago

The woman you are thinking of is Kay O'Connor who is being taken to the woodshed by Thornburg.

I am just pleased to see the votes roll in out west and watch as Connie Morris goes down to Sally Cauble. Connie is just scary, but the people of Western Kansas are getting rid of her in the primary. hooray!

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 8 months ago

Anyone noticed there are too many folks dying to keep up with lately? Too sad, unless they are ready to go.

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 8 months ago

Due to construction, they moved us to Bishop Seabury or something like that. I kept thinking about Marty...and figured ill might come to me if I voted at someplace other than a real school..you never can tell about those cult schools. Wouldn't want a Waco to happen right when I happened to be voting.

And next time, ya'll be sure to wear non latex gloves from before the door all the way back out of the building.

As for politics, this year, the scariest thing I've heard was that one woman running, who said she thought a woman's place was in the home, and her husband's thoughts on voting were correct, and should be represented by her also. Can't remember ner name, but she may be one of those and evolutionists from topeka as I recall. She was on the Topeka news, just regular coverage..as in "Good for her!",, not sensationalism. :(

Of course, once upon a time in Alabama, people looked to my grandfather to see how he was voting, and then they voted. (I was too afraid to ask why, some family history a small child isn't old enough to want to know...creepy)

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Jayhawk226 7 years, 8 months ago

Calling Kansas "God's country" would be rather provincial too, would it not?!!?

Certainly arrogant, at the least.

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texburgh 7 years, 8 months ago

I've been down in the well...scared the *** out of me but I did it. You ought to do it just to say, "Been there, done that." MT sadly is pulling votes away from Viola and likely handing the seat back to Willard - the con. MT, I love your art but please stay out of politics!

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 8 months ago

Right on, Tex!

Speaking of MT... he's getting trounced in the State School Board race. Oh well. I used to work south of Mullinville and he's kind of a kooky fella. How come no mention of the World's Largest Handdug Well? My home.

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texburgh 7 years, 8 months ago

To Ron Burgandy: Clearly you've never ventured west of Topeka. I'm from elsewhere too having lived on both the east and west coasts so I thought, "Kansas?" Get out there! Try the Cosmosphere in Hutch, the Garden of Eden in Lucas, MT Ligget's folk art in Mullinville, the Adobe Museum in Ulysses, the Sternberg Museum in Hays, the Cathedral of the Plains in Victoria, the tall grass prairie around Manhattan. Visit the prairie at night when they are burning it. Go to Lindsborg to relax in total peace in a beautiful B&B. How about the rodeo in Strong City? Quit being so provincial! I've lived in southern California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Texas. But Kansas is God's country. Look at the endless sky, the beautiful prairie that turns from green to red to brown depending on the season. Get out there!

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Purell 7 years, 8 months ago

Fear not the germs, fear the candidates!

Cea, Inmate posted this morning on the previous two questions.

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beatrice 7 years, 8 months ago

"it hasn't killed you yet."

Yet? YET!?! As in not yet, but it will? You mean that eventually voting will kill you ... us ... ME?! We can't have that! If it is a public safety issue, then I think we should take a stand, all together in a show of democracy for what is right, and demand that they ban voting! I think we should take to the streets over this safety concern, shouting -- Ban the Vote! Ban the Vote! I'll start making the banners, right after dinner. (Besides, its not like they actually count the ballets anyways.)

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townie42 7 years, 8 months ago

RI- If you're that worried about it, then wear rubber gloves while you vote... or wash your hands.

The same junk on the touchscreen has been all over your voting booth every time you voted before. Apparently, it hasn't killed you yet.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

S.S.,

Thats what the Dr. Greene web site said.

If they are gonna make us use these infected touch screens, at least they could make them big enough to use one's elbow.

Never know if the person that voted before you is "Typhoid Mary"

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 8 months ago

RI, Big Bertha all the way!
Athlete's foot and croup???

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Ceallach 7 years, 8 months ago

Sorry, pooter! You can wear my sticker if you like.

Speaking of felons . . . what happened to inmate?

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pooter 7 years, 8 months ago

convicted felons can't vote.

*

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

From DrGreene.com

Indirect contact transmission involves fomites; an object that becomes contaminated by touch (the fomite) then spreads the infection by touch.

Abscesses Anthrax (cutaneous) Athlete's foot Cold sores Conjunctivitis ("pink eye") Coxsackievirus (hand-foot-mouth disease) Croup Diphtheria (cutaneous) Ebola Impetigo Lice Ringworm RSV Scabies

What if some farmers dirty wife voted before me?

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Ceallach 7 years, 8 months ago

My sticker says, "I voted in Douglas County," does that get us more points or make us easier targets? The lady at the table seems rather joyful about giving me a sticker with that message. I've looked at it several times, but alas, it holds no magic for me. I must not be enlightened enough to understand :(

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jayhawks71 7 years, 8 months ago

eej, if you think 20 minutes makes you informed, you are uninformed. I agree about getting informed, but the very people that you are voting for will (or have already) put many in the positions that force them to work much more than they should be (taxes taxes taxes!). And finally, as I mentioned earlier, look up all the info that you want, if they change their positions in office, you were uninformed when you voted. Vote on principles, not issues.

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beatrice 7 years, 8 months ago

On the touch-screens, I like to put a big nasty bugger on the name of the person I don't want to win. Okay, not really, but I wonder how long people would go before they asked for a clean-up. I'll bet it would get my candidate a couple of extra votes.

I love the idea of spreading disease through the touch-screens -- I think we should try to start an urban myth about it. Just keep telling people and posting on websites about how your sister, who is a nurse, worked with someone who treated this guy for hepatitis-C that he contracted from voting on a touch-screen. Lets see how long it takes before it comes back around.

As far as voting is concerned -- Is it 2008 yet?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

Ceal,

I have have a problem with the handicap system too....

I don't want to join a club, and if I did, I never seem to play consistently enough to really get a index rating. I am no scratch player by any means.

Its all about wood.

3 is ok, but I can't take a decent stroke with a #1.

I say lets abolish this "country club mentality"

Sure you say fairness, it levels the playing field. BS. All it allows is duffers to feel better about themselves.

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eej5 7 years, 8 months ago

I have to put in my two cents on not voting if you're uninformed... Get informed.

If you've got time to read this web site, you've got 20 minutes to get a list of the candidates and google them. See who's running and then go vote.

Given that school board candidates are on this ballot, everyone should get some info and go vote... or do you all not care if our state is the butt of so many jokes.

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Ceallach 7 years, 8 months ago

Well, my voting place is behind times!! They had one touch screen set up, right where anyone in line could see the votes being cast and it was only offered to the handicapped. There's something wrong about that!!! The lady voting was much nicer than I would have been about it . . then again, maybe she doesn't have control issues :)

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 8 months ago

Sarge - Probably just partisan squawking. Or saying what it takes to get elected. I don't know. Politicians aren't real people in either event so I don't really believe everything they say while trying to get elected.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

Ceal ("I prefer black leather stiletto boots"),

Every once in awhile, "slutty" works too....

Do they allow those north of the 49th parallel?

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 8 months ago

TOB, I asked the question because I've noticed two different popular comments. I've seen people complain because a politician won't change his opinion (he must be stubborn), and then I've seen people complain because a politician changed his opinion (he must be spineless). So I'm trying to figure out if it's better for a politician to stick to something or for him to sway in the breeze, so to speak.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 8 months ago

WOW! we did go electronic! What's with the NO privacy, though? You'll have to tell me later how you voted so that I may slap your hands if need be. :)

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 8 months ago

Sgt. - There is nothing that says a politican has to do anything he says he will do.

I remember McCain (?) saying in the last election that he agreed with Jefferson in that his duty is to represent his state to the best of his ability and if that means a chance in stance on certain issues then so be it. If his constituents don't like it they won't elect him next time.

Which is naive way to look at it for several reasons but just an example.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

Ms Purell on a keychain,

Haven't been to the firestation yet?

Your elbow won't work.....

I imagine you feel "dirty" after a variety of things, not just voting.

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jayhawks71 7 years, 8 months ago

sgt, that's a good question for which I do not have the answer, but if we have people who present the principles on what they stand for rather than specific "issues" (which are subject to the whim of what they think will get them elected) we might make some headway. I don't think people should change their principles while in office.

And on a side note, I hope that a politician's position would change.... If you sit or stand for too long or remain in one position, that can be painful and certainly can't be good for mental processes.

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01 7 years, 8 months ago

Sgt,

Ask "Bush 41" that question.

"Read my lips........"

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 8 months ago

I have a question: is a politician supposed to change his positions while in office, or is he supposed to stick to what he espoused when he was elected?

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 8 months ago

You say "Purell on a keychain" like it's a bad thing.

I'm only given the opportunity to touch the pencil.

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jayhawks71 7 years, 8 months ago

I have to applaud OldEnuf's wisdom here to realize that being "ignorant" on candidates and then voting is not fruitful. Voting, whether you like it or not, is authorization (of government) by ignorance. Not only are people failing to know the stances of candidates on most isuses, but the candidates don't stick to those stances once they are elected; either way, we are ignorant.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

Ms Purell on a keychain,

Did you "touch" the touchscreen?

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 8 months ago

Ceallach, you are correct. I should participate at a higher level, but at the same time, I just haven't done the homework to be able to feel like I'm "helping". I don't want to just vote for the guy who's name sounds cool.

It's lame, but I'm just being honest.

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01 7 years, 8 months ago

Yes, I'm voting.

Pat Paulsen all the way!

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Ceallach 7 years, 8 months ago

Sorry, RI. I prefer black leather stiletto boots.

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Ceallach 7 years, 8 months ago

You mean I'm part of "the prevailing sentiment"!! AND I'm adding DISHONOR!! That will never do.

Local and state primaries are so very predictable that the only way I can drag myself there is to float my boat down the river of d'Nile and place my vote where I will not be ashamed of it being in the tally column of certain politicians.

Through the years I have found that a politicians "view" on any given issue, once said politician is in office, either gradually changes or becomes so flexible that it is distorted beyond recognition.

btw, back in the day, when I was young and idealistic -- thinking I should rally behind and vote for a candidate based on their view of issue a -- I had to eat more than one slice of the "well you voted for him" pie. (Bitter indeed, like gooseberry pie with no added sugar :)

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 8 months ago

Not that I would own up to any control issues, but I'm registered Rep even though I'm a Dem at heart. Just like Ceal said, I like to go vote against the crazies and pick the lesser of two evils.

RI, I think this "elbow voting" thing could work. At the very least they should keep purell at the locked box. (I always feel so dirty after voting.)

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

Control Issues?

hmmmm...

If your blonde, wear jeans (today... cutoffs), flannel, and smokejumper boots,...

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Ceallach 7 years, 8 months ago

True RI, and admittedly, I may from time to time need to deal with control issues :)

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jayhawks71 7 years, 8 months ago

Ceallach, not sure I understand that logic (I realize it is a prevailing sentiment), but if there are indeed no candidates that reflect your views/beliefs/needs, then a vote for the "lesser of two (3, 4, 5) evils has the effects of:

  1. being subjected to the "well you voted for him" comment even though you only perceived that person as the least harmful of the choices.

  2. adding to the number of voters, which some winning candidates would see as a "mandate"; (doesn't it seem that if you win an election where 95% of people (hah!) voted, that people REALLY WANTED YOU).

  3. adds DISHONOR to griping that the two-party system, which dominates American politics, is a choice between awful candidate one and just as awful if not more candidate two.

  4. Similar to 3, one actually sanctions the system, which is geared toward keeping those in power, in power.

In my opinion, the only way to REALLY have honor in griping about the winner is to run yourself or to not vote in anything but local (up to US House Rep) elections. But, if you do LIKE certain candidates, by all means, vote for them, just don't vote for candidates that you have no idea what they stand for or whether their view on "issue a" is actually in the purview of their job! (e.g., a county assessor who is "for intelligent design in the classroom).

There, all done stirring the pot.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

Ceal,

Thank you,

If we do not take an active role in our government, then we are not governed, we are controlled.

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Ceallach 7 years, 8 months ago

OldEnuf: I'm surprised at you! Voting is necessary to validate one's griping rights. Now get out there an invest a few minutes in exercising your voting right thereby establishing your griping right :):) Not saying you are a griper . . . . well, you know what I mean :)

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RonBurgandy 7 years, 8 months ago

For what? I didn't even realize there were primaries today. I should, but I recently moved and don't know where my voting card is. How do I find out where I can vote?

No offense to anyone, but anything in Kansas west of Topeka is just not worth going to, and Topeka is a stretch.

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Ceallach 7 years, 8 months ago

A big "you betcha" for me too :) I'm registered independent and usually take whichever party has the biggest rascals running, then I vote against them. We never really know about a politicians true mind, but some of them are so blatantly out of their minds that I know I don't want to contribute to their being in office.

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blue73harley 7 years, 8 months ago

Gootsie and TOB - a visit to Dodge City will make one appreciate the way Lawrence has saved quite a few of its historically significant buildings. There is nothing to see in Dodge City but cheezy reproductions.

Voting? - sure. I always do.

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Ken Miller 7 years, 8 months ago

The precinct poll at 15th and Iowa - Immanuel Church - didn't open until 7:15. I'd be interested in knowing if other polling places opened late today in Lawrence.....

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remember_username 7 years, 8 months ago

I always vote. Sometimes it seems like a futile gesture, but voting gives me the feeling that my commentary on our government has more honor. Plus, those occasional victories that do occur are a little bit sweeter when you take part.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 8 months ago

I haven't really done the homework needed to know the candidates well enough. I'll vote in the "big" election, but not in the primaries.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 8 months ago

"You betcha. I want my candidates to win." Dave.

Ok. That sums it up. What Dave said.


Gootsie - Ahh, Boot Hill. Worst, most overrated, tourist trap in KS. And I'm including the 30 foot tall 1 ton concrete prarie dog. Boot Hill loses a tremendous amount of money each year but since it is all Dodge City has to hang it's hat on (besides the lovely stench of the feedlots) they keep pouring money in it.

I still remember as a 3rd or 4th grader on a field trip... we were in the cemetary and we thought it was cool we were standing on top of Billy the Kid's gravesite. Our teacher told us on the way home that no one was buried in that cemetary. Kind of crushing ride home.

And, yes, I'm sure our families' gene pools have crossed more than once.

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penguin 7 years, 8 months ago

If you are an independent you can vote Democrat or register as a Republican at the polls. I saw others doing it when I was there this morning. Do not stay home. The information below is pretty much the same information the poll workers were telling the Independent voters.

"The Kansas Democratic Party has opened its primary election to unaffiliated voters. That means registered voters who have not declared a party affiliation can cast ballots in Democratic contests.

The Republican Party is keeping its primary closed. Unaffiliated voters, however, can show up at the poll, register as a Republican and vote on the Republican ballot. After voting, they can go to the county clerk's office and re-register as unaffiliated"

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bmwjhawk 7 years, 8 months ago

If you're a moderate or even a Democrat, you would be wise to register as a Republican and vote for Praeger and Thornburgh today. These Republican primaries are where the staunch conservative base really gets out the vote.

The best way for you to make a difference in Kansas is STILL to register as a Republican and vote for the moderates.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 8 months ago

My local voting time thing isn't until next Tuesday. Not sure yet if I'm going to vote. After all, next Tuesday is my birthday.

"I can't vote because I've had hepatitis." "No, you can't give blood because you've had hepatitis." "Oh, I can't give blood and I can't vote because I've had hepatitis."

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Dixie Jones 7 years, 8 months ago

i dont beleive you can change parties at the poll i beleive you have to do that 14 days proir to today.at the court house . happy voting everyone...

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YourItalianPrincess 7 years, 8 months ago

Since today is a 14 hour day for me, I'm going to be calling in my sub during naptime so I can get out to vote today.

Stay cool everyone, its going to be another hot one today.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

No more paper..:(

Can you catch something from a touch screen?

Do they sterilize it after each person?

I think with bird-flu, west nile, and all these funky bugs going around, they out to make the touch screens big enough for elbows....

Elbow shake greetings, and 52" plasma elbow screens for voting.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 8 months ago

Shouldn't the question have been stated as:

Are Ya Voting?

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Gootsie 7 years, 8 months ago

Hey TOB - our United Kingdom friends made it to Dodge City. They did stop and GO DOWN the big well! I've never been down there. Too creepy. And surprise - they were quite disappointed in Boot Hill.

My dad once played on a record called "The World's Big Hand Dug Well." You and I are probably related.

I won't be able to vote. Should have done the absentee thing.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 8 months ago

A professor feels strongly about education. Huh. That was unexpected.

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Nikki May 7 years, 8 months ago

In the article it said independents could either vote in the democratic one, or you can change parties at the poll if you want in on the republican one, and change back later at the courthouse.

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jonas 7 years, 8 months ago

As a registered independent, I was under the impression that I could not vote in primaries. Am I mistaked in that regard?

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