Mark Gregson: You mean to say that you cannot vote in the US unless you register your "preference"? Is that true? And if it is, what's the point of it? Since your vote is secret, why register a preference?
_______________ I do not recall living in a state where you had to declare a party preference in order to register to vote. In the state where I now live, if you vote in a primary election, you vote only in the primary election of one particular party. You automatically become a member of that party and you cannot vote or participate in the other party's election. After the primary election (and any runoffs, as needed), anyone registered may vote in the general election in November (including those who did not vote in the primary election). This primary election law has some unusual consequences. A judge who had served well for 20 years as a Democrat was unopposed. He decided to vote for his friend, a Republican in their primary. Because he did this, he was ruled ineligible to be on the Democratic ballot, was removed, and another Democrat was appointed to take his place. In the meantime, the Republicans had not put up a Republican challenger, but now a different Democrat was going to walk into office unopposed. Because the law does not allow a Republican on the ballot this election, since a Republican primary election was not held, there will be an independent write-in candidate for whom folks may vote in November. It will be interesting. The state supreme court has upheld all of this as lawful and constitutional under state law. Larry Jackson [EMAIL PROTECTED] ________________________________________________________________ Sign Up for Juno Platinum Internet Access Today Only $9.95 per month! Visit www.juno.com ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^================================================================ This email was sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^================================================================