Republicans could be going to jail in Ohio for voting

@gewcew23 (8011)
United States
March 21, 2008 11:23am CST
Breaking news it is illegal for Republicans to do the something that it is legal for Democrats to do. What I am talking about is Republiacn voting in the Democrat's primary in Ohio. Democrats in Ohio wants the judicial department of Ohio to investagate the voting of Republican in the Ohio primary. Hold on folk did not the Democrats pick John McCain for the Republican. 25% of all those that voted in the Republican primary were not Republicans. Almost all of them voted John McCain, with a little going to Ron Paul. Democrats in New Hampshire have been doing this for year and not one person has gone to jail, but Republican could face jail time in Ohio for doing the same thing.
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
21 Mar 08
They have two sensible choices... either have one national primary election day for all voters who decide the party candidates.... or even better.... eliminate the primaries altogether and whoever had the most votes would be elected president. The whole front runner thing would be eliminated, and I think that it would really open us up to a lot better field to choose from, instead of the two parties determining who the candidates would be, as it is now. Of course that would take a lot of control away from the two major parties in the US, but I bet the elections would be a lot fairer. It should also eliminate the whole controversy over who won.
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@rodney850 (2145)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Not only would it be much more fair but the voter turnout would be phenomenal! Can you imagine; no electoral college, no Democrats, no republicans, just a bunch of people vieing for your vote on their qualifications not how much more money they can raise than the other candidates!
• United States
21 Mar 08
The electoral college would still be there. It is what prevent a few states with higher populations from the rest of the country. That is why it is so important.
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@duranv (517)
• Honduras
21 Mar 08
I'm not from the US, but I think this is really a complicated issue, Republicans shouldn't vote in Democratic primaries or the other way around, but, in any case (I'm not sure of this) couldn't someone just affiliate himself with the other party, vote and then just dis-affiliate again and go back to his original party? If this is possible I see no way you could legally call this fraud.
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@MntlWard (880)
• United States
21 Mar 08
The rules vary from state-to-state. So you can't compare what Dems are allowed to do in New Hampshire to what Repubs can or can't do in Ohio. For example, in Florida I couldn't vote in either primary because I'm registered as an Independent. Of course, my vote for the Dem primary wouldn't have counted, anyway. :-/ I'll agree there should be the same rules in every state concerning federal elections.
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• United States
21 Mar 08
I heard this last night on Hannity I think...may have been O'Reilly. There were some 16,000 Republicans that did this. do you think they would really prosecute that many people? it could get really expensive if they did do that. Why is it illegal....I didnt catch that part?
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Because there is a "Good Faith" law that is very vague, but I will try to explain. It is perfectly okay that to vote in the other party's primary if there was no deceit in your vote. The deceit would be that Republicans vote for Clinton because they did not want McCain to face Obama.
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@redrover (597)
• United States
21 Mar 08
If the don't want this to happen they should have it setup so they can't. shouldn't be too hard. also hard to prove they haven't just switched parties.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
21 Mar 08
While you a right to say that they should just have close primary, they will not. I do not know why.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
23 Mar 08
I know Hush and O'Rly have been going on about this issue, but did anyone seriously consider some Republicans may have just gotten sick of the party?(not just make passing note of it). Or what about those voting for the candidate of their choice? "Good faith" law, eh... sounds like another broken law from years past. Even if I'm wrong there, this next attempt seems like another infringement on Democracy and free choice (plus a scare tactic). Anyone remember 04? Plenty of people used their votes on Kerry even though they weren't to keen on him... just to get back at Bush? Its a commonality for some to use their votes either as a voice for someone, or as a voice against someone/or some party. Here's how its looking so far: So, basically people are going to be punished because someone isn't winning the primary... and this someone(with supporters) is basically telling everyone "you didn't vote the way we want... time to punish you." Sad part is I'm no longer surprised by this. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Welcome to the future(or current -_-) Union of Soviet Socialist State, America.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
23 Mar 08
Yes Comrade TheProgamer welcome to theUSSSA. Let us do alway with the Stars and Strips and bring back the Hammer and Sickle. We can start calling our President, Premier.
• United States
23 Mar 08
I heard that but I just dont understand it. If its happening, I agree with the other commenter-- make it so it can't happen if its such a big issue. Just prevent it, then the other party can't complain about it. Seems like an easy solution to me!
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Mar 08
Putting anyone in jail over this would be ridiculous and I don't think they could possibly enforce it anyway, but I really wish all the states would have closed primaries. There would still be no way of keeping someone from registering for one party, voting in their primary then voting for the other candidate in the general but at least it would be a start. It sure would make predicting the outcome of the general election a lot harder. Ultimately I'd love to see one primary election day with closed primaries nationwide and something done to take the "need" for hundreds of millions of dollars to run a campaign. I find that obscene! Let all 50 states have an equal voice in the nominating process then let's please take that final step and get rid of the Electoral College once and for all! I've heard and read all the arguments for it and I'm still against it and I'm not going to change my mind on this one. I don't care which party it favors at any given time, I believe in one person, one vote - PERIOD! Annie
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