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Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:48 AM

How primary elections work in Illinois.

Here in Illinois, in a primary election, we choose either a Democratic ballot, or a Republican ballot.
We don't register as a member of any party. A voter can ask for either ballot.

Do any of the other States operate this way?

When the 2020 primaries come around, I want all my fellow IL DUers to ask for a Republican ballot,
and vote for anyone on there but Trump. Don't let that prick make it onto the ballot on Election Day.

Personally, I'm voting for whomever the Democratic candidate is in the General Election, so I'm not worried about
taking a primary vote away from any particular Democratic hopeful. I'm more interested in trying to help crush Trump's candidacy.



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Progressive Jones Jun 2019 OP
EarnestPutz Jun 2019 #1
LuvLoogie Jun 2019 #2
Progressive Jones Jun 2019 #9
beachbum bob Jun 2019 #3
surrealAmerican Jun 2019 #4
Progressive Jones Jun 2019 #7
Cadfael Jun 2019 #8
marlakay Jun 2019 #5
former9thward Jun 2019 #6
Progressive Jones Jun 2019 #10

Response to Progressive Jones (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:57 AM

1. Assume that the Democrat candidate that would have received your vote...

....is the best candidate. Would make the best president. And then assume that he or she did not get the nomination because you and others asked for a Republican ballot. The Democratic candidate who gets the most votes IS the best candidate. That is all that matters.

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Response to Progressive Jones (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:24 AM

2. Democrats voting in the primary will not keep trump from being the GOP nominee.

You know that. I know that.

So what is it that you really want?

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Response to LuvLoogie (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 07:19 PM

9. Chaos for the GOP. nt

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Response to Progressive Jones (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 06:44 AM

3. Trump has zero chance in Illinois to win, a Biden candidacy will take 60% of the vote

 

and have some coat tails to rid our state of more of remaining GOP congresspeople

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Response to Progressive Jones (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 08:13 AM

4. This is called an "open primary" ...

... and, yes, there are other states with open primaries.

I'm in Illinois, but I will definitely not be asking for a Republican ballot. There are simply too many elected offices here in Cook county that will be decided in the Democratic primary.

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 06:38 PM

7. The GOP doesn't typically fare well in Cook County. I also take a GOP

ballot here in Kane County to help keep out the right wing fringies that are always trying to slip into
Countywide government.

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 06:45 PM

8. The only time in my voting life

That I pulled a republican ballot was the year Rauner was originally running for governor. My husband and I both voted for his closest competition in the polls in an effort to keep that train wreck out of our governorís office. Too bad it didnít work....but at least we only had to suffer through one term. He did enough damage with that one.

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Response to Progressive Jones (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 08:22 AM

5. In Oregon you belong to a party

Democrat or republican and get that ballot. Last time many independents or no party changed to democrat to vote for local dem congress candidate. She still didn't win. I am in the south only district that has republican congressman but it includes tge whole rural areas and only one liberal city Ashland.

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Response to Progressive Jones (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 08:30 AM

6. No one is running against Trump in the primary.

And even if someone does they won't be able to get on the ballot in IL because of signature requirements (put there in the 70s to keep Progressives off the Democratic primary ballot). So your effort will be fruitless but Good Luck!

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Response to former9thward (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 07:20 PM

10. No guarantee of no one running against Trump at this point in time. nt

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