Open Primaries in Pennsylvania

Here’s a good CenterDaily article about the primary system in Pennsylvania.  Originally my opinion on open primaries was negative.  I felt that it was a freedom of association issue, and that the parties should be able to control who votes in their primaries.

I’ve since changed my mind, and decided that if the political parties wish to hijack the election apparatus of the state in order to choose delegates to their convention, then the state gets to set the terms under which its election apparatus gets used.  If the parties don’t like this, they can go back to using a caucus system like they do in Iowa.

So I’ll get on board with making Pennsylvania primaries open, and while we’re at it, how about joining Super Duper Tuesday so that candidates will actually pay attention to us.

5 Responses to “Open Primaries in Pennsylvania”

  1. chris horton says:

    So what do we in Pa need to do?

  2. Sebastian says:

    Write your representatives, see what they think about the issue.

  3. DirtCrashr says:

    We had open primaries for a brief period, maybe two election cycles, then both sides shut it down because it threatened their incumbants.

  4. straightarrow says:

    Dirt, ordinarily I wouldn’t comment on this, but I have a reason that I think you will find acceptable.

    You misspelled incumbent as incumbant. As I said under most circumstances I would remain mute on such a seemingly inconsequential error, however in this case, I must point out that the most important part of the word incumbent is “bent”.

    Please forgive my nitpicking, but these nits have always grown into enormous lice. Which as you know are parasites.