Both Democrats and Republicans are in an uproar over primary voting. Yes, it is a confusing mess, but the reason it is a confusing mess is because we are a nation of 50 individual states and 16 territories as well as the District of Columbia. There are currently two political parties large enough to have state-wide primaries – Democrat and Republican. The problem is that there are now more people who consider themselves independent than a member of either party.
What political newcomers don’t quite understand is that just who can vote in primaries is let up to the states to decide. When and if a state had a primary is up to the political party within the state – to decide. None of it is national. Some states allow independents, others don’t. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz doesn’t want independents voting in Dem primaries.
The other day someone was complaining on my Twitter feed, about how unfair the process was. I told this person to complain to the state. They are the ones who set the process for independents. One of the things greatly lacking in the entire process is the fact that people no longer know how government works. There are a heck of a lot of people out there who need a big, fat, civics lesson.
Blame the state where you live. Because it ‘local’, you can change things. Problem is, most people are just plain lazy and too ignorant to bother.