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Old 04-24-2016, 04:42 PM
Chronos Chronos is offline
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Another issue that's currently in the news is party membership, for the primaries. As with everything in the US, every state is different in the details, but in general, each voter can only vote in at most one primary election. In some states (called "open primary" states), you just show up at your polling place on voting day and tell them which party's ballot you want. In other states, you can only vote in a party's primary if you're officially a member of that party (closed primaries). Those state, in turn, have a variety of requirements for being officially a member of a party: In some of them, you can join a party on voting day (for much the same effect as an open primary). In others, you have to register for a party some time in advance (very far in advance, in the case of New York).