Exactly. I was referring to state party conventions, what you call in US English,
Stephen Beecroft wrote:
> > 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.
> > Please don't interrupt.
> Oops. My bad. I had thought this was John Redelfs' discussion list, not
> Marc Schindler's lecture hall. Silly me.
> > If you read the whole post, I made clear that this was to
> > vote in party conventions -- what you call primaries.
> Wrong. Your first paragraph was: "Being a 'member' of a party in our
> Westminster system means something different than it does in the U.S. In
> the U.S. every voter registers for a party (or as an independent -- as I
> recall the rules vary considerably from state to state, as to how the
> states elect their delegates to the party national conventions). So to
> say that my late father was a Democrat means that he was registered as a
> Democrat. As it happens, this is pretty meaningless, because the vote is
> secret, and you can vote for whomever you like."
> This paragraph clearly was referring to the general election, since you
> said affiliation was "meaningless" and that "you can vote for whomever
> you like", something not possible in primaries. Only in your next
> paragraph did you go on to discuss primaries.
> Even if you had "made clear that this was to vote in...primaries",
> you're still wrong. In no sense is it true that "[i]n the U.S. every
> voter registers for a party (or as an independent)". A great many voters
> do not register under any affiliation whatsoever, and some states allow
> participation in primaries without a declared affiliation.
> <tweak> Maybe you should read your own posts more carefully.
> Alternatively, you could admit when you're wrong...oh, never mind. No
> use dwelling in a land of fantasy. </tweak>
> Tweakin' Stephen
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