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TomSlick

(10,801 posts)
Tue May 10, 2022, 06:49 PM May 2022

I bit the bullet and voted in the Arkansas Rethuglican primary.

Arkansas has an open primary and the only election was on the Rethuglican primary. I had a list of people to vote against, starting with Sara (Smokey Eyes) Huckabee Sanders for Governor.

When asked what ballot I wanted I muttered "Republican, God help me." The worker laughed an gave me the ballot.
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I bit the bullet and voted in the Arkansas Rethuglican primary. (Original Post) TomSlick May 2022 OP
I did the same thing in the NC primary MyMission May 2022 #1
In Arkansas, the primaries are completely open and we can vote in either primary. TomSlick May 2022 #2
Finding the least crazy candidates was a real chore MyMission May 2022 #5
The first time I voted, in '72 Mr.Bill May 2022 #3
Wow. You really bit the bullet. TomSlick May 2022 #4

MyMission

(1,777 posts)
1. I did the same thing in the NC primary
Tue May 10, 2022, 07:33 PM
May 2022

Early voting today, I was number 871 at that location.

I'm registered as a UNA, unaffiliated is what it's called here, so I can vote in either primary.

I was voting against cawthorn, and chuck Edwards for Congress, and against a few for Senate.

There are 7 other races in the local GOPQ primary, and the winners will run unopposed in November, so the primary is the only way to have a voice in this red zone.

Dems are not running candidates for any of them; every few years they try but only get 40%, so then they don't usually have many challengers to these local races.
Still, I'm disappointed there weren't any Dems running for the 4 judicial slots, which includes a state supreme court;or county DA, state legislature rep, county board of commissioner seat.

I voted in their primary several years ago to vote out the sheriff, who had a challenger in their primary. The challenger won, 7,000 to 5,000, and therefore won the election 6 months later because he ran unopposed.

I hope we both have an impact. It was very unpleasant reading through the candidates profiles and statements to figure out who to vote for, but it helped rule a lot out. I had to read "my philosophy best aligns with Alito" and "I'm an America first candidate" and "I'm a conservative Christian" and a few others I've forgotten, having rejected them immediately.

We are warriors!
Looking forward to a Blue Wave in November!

TomSlick

(10,801 posts)
2. In Arkansas, the primaries are completely open and we can vote in either primary.
Tue May 10, 2022, 07:42 PM
May 2022

I've never voted in the Rethuglican primary before but all the local races were in the GQP primary. Besides, I had to vote against Sarah. In the other state-wide elections, I voted for the least crazy of the options.

MyMission

(1,777 posts)
5. Finding the least crazy candidates was a real chore
Tue May 10, 2022, 07:57 PM
May 2022

Are you a member of the Arkansas group? You should post this there to alert them.
I posted in the NC group that I was going to vote in the GOPQ primary, complaining about having to review conservative candidates to find the least objectionable, got support, suggestions.

I think it's great that you can vote in either primary, as a Democrat. Several states allow that. I'm independent, or unaffiliated so I can do that here in NC. But I'm a Democrat, underground.
And I always vote, always vote blue. (Except for the occasional GOPQ primary, to hopefully mess with them!)

Mr.Bill

(23,198 posts)
3. The first time I voted, in '72
Tue May 10, 2022, 07:52 PM
May 2022

I even registered republican just so I could vote against Nixon in the primary. No open primary back then.

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