> In the U.S. every voter registers for a party (or as an
> independent -- as I recall the rules vary considerably from
This is not correct.
> What? You mean to say that you cannot vote in the US unless
> you register your "preference"? Is that true?
No, it is not true. Many states do require you to register in order to
vote in the primaries, though.
> And if it is, what's the point of it?
To make sure the Democrats in an area don't band together and elect a
Republican candidate who can't possibly win the general election, and
> Since your vote is secret, why register a preference?
In a primary, you may only vote within your registered party if you live
in a state with such rules. Some states don't have any such rules, which
I consider to be a mistake (the lack of such rules, I mean).
> As to voting or supporting a party: I'm not sure that I follow
> what Elder Jensen was saying. What's the point of voting for a
> party if you don't accept their policies?
Obviously, I can't speak for Elder Jensen, but I suspect the general
authorities are concerned about the lack of opposition to the
Republicans in Utah. This lack of political balance allows the
Republicans to bend the rules and control state politics without an
effective counterbalance. Personally, I'm not sure that's so much worse
than the perpetual gridlock you so often get with more "balanced" state
legislatures. In any case, it is vastly preferable to having a bunch of
Democrats in charge.
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