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Response to longship (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 28, 2017, 07:43 AM

10. Actually, not nonsense at all.


States determine if they have an open or closed primary.

However, the primaries are a party function that have to follow federal and state election rules.

Primaries serve the purpose of letting parties determine who their candidate is.

Is that clearer?

That said, open primaries allow for other parties to interfere with the selection of a candidate, and could allow Republican Party members to choose the Democratic candidate. That is the main drawback. Opening them up because it might benefit a particular caucasian politician isn't worth the risks to the process, IMHO.

I'm with the Black Congressional Caucus on this. Open primaries have the possible effect of diluting minority votes in primaries.

My understanding is the the Democratic Party acknowledges and acts on issues that disenfranchise minorities, not dismisses them.

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