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Eliot Rosewater

(31,158 posts)
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 03:00 PM Feb 2024

You ARE registered as a Democrat, right?

Last edited Fri Feb 16, 2024, 10:39 PM - Edit history (1)

If you think not registering as a Democrat but often voting Democratic is just fine and maybe you are making a statement by doing that, I am asking you to reconsider this please.

The more registered Democrats there are the stronger the party is! Right? Others here will know more about that than me.

Reminds me of Randi Rhodes proudly reminding her audience just the other day that she is registered as an independent, and not as a Democrat ...This is not helpful, it encourages others to do the same.

We need to be together to save democracy! Of one mind!


PS thanks for the HEARTS folks!

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You ARE registered as a Democrat, right? (Original Post) Eliot Rosewater Feb 2024 OP
I'm a registered Democrat BlueKota Feb 2024 #1
Yep! 50 Shades Of Blue Feb 2024 #2
Yes! Just got my ballot in the mail Nictuku Feb 2024 #3
You don't register by party in Georgia Glorfindel Feb 2024 #4
Randi Rhodes is apparently popular again now, but I turned the page when she was best buds with Susan hlthe2b Feb 2024 #5
Lost me in 2008 AZSkiffyGeek Feb 2024 #12
True... that's when it started, culminating in the 2016 debacle. How time flies, but that is when I tuned out hlthe2b Feb 2024 #15
This has been my issue JustAnotherGen Feb 2024 #30
That has been my issue JustAnotherGen Feb 2024 #31
Since 2008 I am a registered Democrat FakeNoose Feb 2024 #6
Nope! Not my fault, though. SarahD Feb 2024 #7
Don't register for a party in Wisconsin. Cuthbert Allgood Feb 2024 #8
No party registration in Illinois, primaries are open. tritsofme Feb 2024 #9
Not totally open. Rincewind Feb 2024 #40
Nope Freethinker65 Feb 2024 #10
Texas doesn't register by party LeftInTX Feb 2024 #11
Of course! I want to be able to vote in the Dem primaries! I like to vote! CTyankee Feb 2024 #13
MO doesn't register by party. nt Gore1FL Feb 2024 #14
Really Rhandi? live love laugh Feb 2024 #16
The two major parties in the U.S. are not true political parties. former9thward Feb 2024 #17
Many states have open primaries..... surfered Feb 2024 #18
Only since I was seventeen seeing that I would be eighteen TheKentuckian Feb 2024 #19
Have been a registered Democrat for over 50 years; PufPuf23 Feb 2024 #20
You ARE registered to vote, right? crickets Feb 2024 #21
Not all states register parties. Ms. Toad Feb 2024 #22
This thread has been a learning process for me Eliot Rosewater Feb 2024 #24
Illinois is the same way. nt Rincewind Feb 2024 #41
Registering doesn't do much for a party -- getting involved does. WhiskeyGrinder Feb 2024 #23
No but I have a good reason. TomSlick Feb 2024 #25
Can't Agree ProfessorGAC Feb 2024 #26
I am a registered democrat and always have been! bamagal62 Feb 2024 #27
Nope, never will Bernardo de La Paz Feb 2024 #28
Yes. All Mixed Up Feb 2024 #29
Welcome to DU. . . . . nt Bernardo de La Paz Feb 2024 #32
Yes. GoodRaisin Feb 2024 #33
Lifelong Registered Democrat AmBlue Feb 2024 #34
Washington State also does not register by party affiliation. HeartachesNhangovers Feb 2024 #35
Although i was a registered Democrat in Indiana and then in NJ, now i live in Vermont karynnj Feb 2024 #36
I'm a registered Democrat in the Democratic Party. Liberal In Texas Feb 2024 #37
Maybe, the impression Rhodes gives is she is above being part of a party. Too smart to Eliot Rosewater Feb 2024 #38
Since 1968 Former3rdCommittee Feb 2024 #39

hlthe2b

(102,608 posts)
5. Randi Rhodes is apparently popular again now, but I turned the page when she was best buds with Susan
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 03:13 PM
Feb 2024

Sarandan and equally disparaging and consumed with ugly attacks against the woman who should have been our 2016 President, HRC.

I've never forgotten that and have never listened to her since.

hlthe2b

(102,608 posts)
15. True... that's when it started, culminating in the 2016 debacle. How time flies, but that is when I tuned out
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 03:35 PM
Feb 2024

too.

FakeNoose

(32,958 posts)
6. Since 2008 I am a registered Democrat
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 03:15 PM
Feb 2024

However I spent many years - well over 30 - as an independent who regularly voted with the Dems. I finally saw the error of my ways when I wanted to vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary. My state (Pennsylvania) wouldn't allow me to vote for her unless I registered in the Party. Done deal!

SarahD

(1,369 posts)
7. Nope! Not my fault, though.
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 03:19 PM
Feb 2024

As the poster from Georgia reminds us, not all states register voters by party.

Rincewind

(1,211 posts)
40. Not totally open.
Sat Feb 17, 2024, 07:36 AM
Feb 2024

In an open primary,all the candidates from every party would be on one ballot, in Illinois, you have to request either a Democratic, or Republican ballot.

Freethinker65

(10,122 posts)
10. Nope
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 03:27 PM
Feb 2024

But I consistently vote in Democratic Primaries and the Democratic Party seems to know where I am and how to contact me. Honestly, I do not want more solicitations, and I sometimes get useful info out of unsolicited mailings and even some texts from the GOP, they only serve to let me know what misinformation others in my area might be getting.

When I canvassed nearby to GOTV we were given lists of specific addresses of known Democratic supporters and told we could completely avoid other addresses if we felt like it to avoid confrontations. I didn't hit up every address not specifically targeted on my route, but if someone was out, I would talk to them and explain what I was doing and why I supported the particular candidate. I found many in agreement at addresses not on my list. Many reliable voters out there are, like myself, not registered.

former9thward

(32,192 posts)
17. The two major parties in the U.S. are not true political parties.
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 04:49 PM
Feb 2024

Political parties have members who regularly go to meetings and pay dues. No one pays dues to be a member of the Democratic party. You just say you are. The next day you can say you are a Republican, then an Indie. It is pretty meaningless.

In the UK and elsewhere if you are a member of a political party you pay dues. The Labor party charges about 6 pounds a month for example.

surfered

(604 posts)
18. Many states have open primaries.....
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 04:54 PM
Feb 2024

….meaning there is no process for registering with one party or another.

PufPuf23

(8,877 posts)
20. Have been a registered Democrat for over 50 years;
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 05:00 PM
Feb 2024

mostly in California, some in Oregon back in 1990's.

Registered GOP to vote for Anderson in 1980 California POTUS primary to slow Reagan. That is the only incidence when voted for other than a Democrat.

Ms. Toad

(34,154 posts)
22. Not all states register parties.
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 05:08 PM
Feb 2024

In Ohio, you request a party-specific ballot when you vote in a primary. If you are flipping back and forth from primary to primary you might get challenged by an election employee - but there isn't a way to register as a Democrat other than voting a Democratic ballot in the primary.

Eliot Rosewater

(31,158 posts)
24. This thread has been a learning process for me
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 06:38 PM
Feb 2024

I was unaware that many states did not allow you to register one way or the other.

Thank you for all the responses

TomSlick

(11,169 posts)
25. No but I have a good reason.
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 07:56 PM
Feb 2024

Arkansas does not require a voter to register for a particular party. I often vote in the Republican primary because that is where local elections are decided. I need the opportunity to vote for the least bad alternative.

ProfessorGAC

(65,515 posts)
26. Can't Agree
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 08:03 PM
Feb 2024

Party power is defined by VOTING for democrats.
Checking a box on a form changes nothing.
The only numbers that matter are those that reflect a congressional majority & enough votes to win the EC.

bamagal62

(3,286 posts)
27. I am a registered democrat and always have been!
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 08:04 PM
Feb 2024

In my husband's work, many register as independents. But, he always registers as a proud democrat!!!
My kids do the same!!

karynnj

(59,514 posts)
36. Although i was a registered Democrat in Indiana and then in NJ, now i live in Vermont
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 10:34 PM
Feb 2024

Where you register and in primaries can pick the one you want to vote in each election. I have selected the democratic one each time. In Burlington the 2 biggest parties are Democratic and Progressive. The Republican party is smaller.

Liberal In Texas

(13,632 posts)
37. I'm a registered Democrat in the Democratic Party.
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 10:36 PM
Feb 2024

I've noticed that several of the radio talk show hosts say they're not registered with any party, I think it has something to do with an appearance of being open minded even though they wouldn't vote repub for anything, especially these days.

Eliot Rosewater

(31,158 posts)
38. Maybe, the impression Rhodes gives is she is above being part of a party. Too smart to
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 10:38 PM
Feb 2024

be one of the sheep, etc.

I think there are lots of folks who think like that.

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