Gotta Love Virginia Republicans

It appears that if you want vote in the Republican primary in Virginia, you have to promise that you will vote for the Republican nominee in 2008. According to a news article:

“The State Board of Elections on Monday approved a state Republican Party request to require all who apply for a GOP primary ballot first vow in writing that they’ll vote for the party’s presidential nominee next fall… Virginia doesn’t require voters to register by party, and for years the state’s Republicans have fretted that Democrats might meddle in their open primaries.”

This is politics in a nutshell. Gotta keep such a tight hold on what people think in any way possible…god forbid that anyone think for themselves.

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5 Responses to Gotta Love Virginia Republicans

  1. Silvia says:

    Or change their minds!

  2. Daryl Cobranchi says:

    If I lived in VA I’d swear on my mohter’s grave (she’s still living, BTW) that’d I’d vote for the GOP candidate in ’08. Just to screw with them, of course.

  3. JoVE says:

    And that cornerstone of democracy the secret ballot clearly disturbs them, doesn’t it. I bet they’d love to be able to check that people actually follow through.

  4. Is that even legal?????? But as someone who has, a long time ago voted in Democratic caucuses (spellling?) in VA, my impression is that the ones that vote in primaries are the die hards anyway, which leaves one to consider WHY the GOP felt this was necessary. . . .

    I think it might be due to Prolife Republicans jumping ship if Guiliani gets the nomination. There’s plenty out there who just can’t bring themselves to vote for someone who’s pro death and pro war! So if someone like that gets the nomination, well, those GOP voters are doomed!

    Hmmmm. No wonder I’ve gone Independent!

  5. Yeah — we’ve already run into that, here, in previous elections. It’s not new. They’re afraid Democrats are going to gang up and sabotage their primary election. As if most voters were that focused and well-organized. *Sigh*