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demwing

(16,916 posts)
Wed Apr 20, 2016, 01:53 PM Apr 2016

Send a Message

If your primary has passed, change your party affiliation to "Unaffiliated" until the day after the GE.

You can still vote for the Democratic nominee in the GE, and you can restore your Democrat Party affiliation well before the next election in your state.

The reason is twofold:

• First, it allows you to show displeasure with a corrupt system, without harming the party.
• Second, it sends the message that rigged machines aren't the only way that party affiliation can be switched.

Think the party takes you for granted? Let's let them know exactly what they have to lose.

Again, IF your primary has passed, go down to the library and update your affiliation to Unaffiliated, just remember to switch it back again! We want to reform the Democratic party, not damage it.

Feel free to share this on the social network of your choice. Let's be heard.

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Bubzer

(4,211 posts)
8. Well... wasn't that wonderful. Think I'll add that one to my ignore list.
Wed Apr 20, 2016, 03:35 PM
Apr 2016

So sick of the corruption... and even more so of those embracing it.

 

demwing

(16,916 posts)
6. Sorry Scootaloo, no answer will be coming here
Wed Apr 20, 2016, 02:20 PM
Apr 2016

stonecutter357 has been shown the group's exit door.

oldandhappy

(6,719 posts)
2. Yes, I plan to do this.
Wed Apr 20, 2016, 02:13 PM
Apr 2016

Tho I may not switch back. DNC, DWS, and our local chair and all the manipulations and money have soured me on the Dems. I will vote Dem but I think I will register Green. So I miss out on the primaries. No longer important to me after this one.

 

rhett o rick

(55,981 posts)
9. I appreciate your thought but I feel differently. I want to work within the Party.
Thu Apr 21, 2016, 02:43 PM
Apr 2016

A lot of the people that run the local organizations are older and more conservative. We need more progressives at the local levels.

 

demwing

(16,916 posts)
10. Let me be clear - I see this as working from within the Party
Thu Apr 21, 2016, 04:48 PM
Apr 2016

It's sending a message directly to the Dem Party leaders, one that is, intentionally, purely symbolic.

I don't want people to change party affiliation permanently, just till the day after GE. It's an alternative option for those that are considering leaving permanently, and it's the equivalent of firing a gun into the air to prove that it's loaded.

Send a message without harming the Party - I absolutely do see that as working from within the Party.

 

rhett o rick

(55,981 posts)
11. I am currently an elected Precinct Committee Officer. It's the lowest rung on the
Thu Apr 21, 2016, 05:58 PM
Apr 2016

ladder but at least I have a little influence. I'd have to give that up if I quit the Party.

But you have my utmost respect and I wish you well.

 

demwing

(16,916 posts)
12. Well you bring up a valid criticism
Thu Apr 21, 2016, 06:08 PM
Apr 2016

Reformers in positions of leadership, regardless how low on the ladder, should not sacrifice their positions, not while there's still a chance for reform. To do so would be foolishly counter-productive.

LiberalElite

(14,691 posts)
13. In New York State - if I mailed in the form tomorrow (April 22)
Thu Apr 21, 2016, 08:12 PM
Apr 2016

changing my registration to "no party" as it states on the NYS voter registration form, it won't take effect until after the GE anyway. I will still be listed as a Democrat for the next six and a half months.

Then I'd be unable to switch back to Dem to vote in a primary the next year because in NYS the deadline to change registration is in October - which may be the earliest such deadline in the country.

We have very regressive, onerous voting laws in this state. I think it should be made as easy as possible to vote or change registration - it's our vote not theirs -fuck the PTB. I'm inclined to be independent for good.

 

demwing

(16,916 posts)
14. "fuck the PTB. I'm inclined to be independent for good."
Thu Apr 21, 2016, 08:54 PM
Apr 2016

well, that would definitely cause you to miss any upcoming votes

What primary do you have in 2017? Congressional?

This year, the registration deadline for the June 28, 2016 Congressional Primary was June 3rd.
http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingDeadlines.html

While I have you here, can you decipher this NY voter deadline text?

Change of Party Enrollment
The voter registration form should be used to change your party enrollment from one party to another or to enroll for the first time in a party. A change of enrollment received no later than 25 days before the general election shall be deposited in a sealed enrollment box and opened the first Tuesday following that general election and entered in the voter's registration record
http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html

What the hell does "no later than 25 days before" mean? Is 30 days before later, or earlier than 25 days before? If I change my affiliation 20 days before the general election, will the form NOT be deposited in a sealed enrollment box?

It's a horrible sentence.

Cheers

LiberalElite

(14,691 posts)
15. I'm not sure -certainly NYC mayoral and I do want DeBlasio primaried -
Thu Apr 21, 2016, 09:06 PM
Apr 2016

I am fed up with this "system."

What the hell does "no later than 25 days before" mean? Is 30 days before later, or earlier than 25 days before? If I change my affiliation 20 days before the general election, will the form NOT be deposited in a sealed enrollment box?


I was a Green for a while because the Democratic party went to the right -but became disenchanted with them. I figure they are going nowhere in this country during my lifetime. I switched back to Dem. last March 2015 so I could vote in this year's primary. The deadline to do so to vote on April 19, 2016 in NYS was last October 9, 2015. My interpretation is 30 days before is OK but 20 days before is not. It's a good question what happens to your change of registration if you miss that convoluted deadline. Bad voter!
Yeah it's a horrible sentence but worse than that - Kafka would love it.
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