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Do you ever cross party lines when voting?   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

Started 2/13/20 by Showtalk; 3724 views.
kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

3/7/20

Yes, combined with wanting a happy and healthy family.
Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

3/8/20

Doesn’t everyone who has one want a happy and healthy family?

BWArtist

From: BWArtist 

3/13/20

I used to look at the person before the party. But today politics is so polarized, it doesn't make sense to consider individuality. Because  a self thinking representative in search of finding compromise for moving forward, is no longer respected. We are now stuck in a bad marriage  that we can't get out of.

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

3/13/20

I think both sides feel that way. My area is pretty mixed politically and if you can even have a halfway civil discussion in it, you find everyone is confused.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

3/14/20

I always vote in the other party's primary, then in the party of preference in the general election. 

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

3/14/20

Why the other primary? Is there a reason or just something you have always done?

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

3/14/20

Under normal circumstances in this brutally gerrymandered state,  the candidate for the party of preference is obvious or even unopposed  in state and local elections.  I vote in the opposition's party in an effort to increase the vote  for the candidate who is not the favored candidate in hopes of creating a run-off.  That's when the politics become expensive and down and dirty.  If my party of preference had two equally competent candidates running neck and neck, I would vote in that primary.  You do not have to be registered with a party to vote in a primary.

Of course, in the general election, there is no need for those tactics.

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

3/14/20

That is a good idea, but you said cross-party. In some states, there can be two opposing candidates from the same party and none from the opposing party in the general election. Also, they make it almost impossible to vote in the other party primary.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

3/14/20

Georgia is a brutally gerrymandered state.  I try to use my votes in the primary to support the best of the opposition party, which isn't always easy.  I don't know why we are permitted to vote in whatever primary we wish, but I think it a good idea.  Because the state is so savagely gerrymandered, the party I prefer often has only a token candidate in the general election, or, as you suggest, none at all.

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From: Showtalk 

3/14/20

My state is too, after they promised us they would not,

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