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Published: Monday, Jan. 28 2008 12:02 a.m. MST

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DougB

This is the most encouraging article I've read in a long time about our valley. I had no idea more people are registered "unaffiliated" than Republican. Or that Repubs outnumber Dems only 5 to 1 statewide (really, in my town it's more like 200 to 1). I'm registered Republican since they force me to do so in order to participate in primaries and other sundry technicalities that I like to participate in. But I strongly agree that this silly overzealous party partisanship hurts our democracy in serious ways. Hooray for the brave unaffiliateds! If only we could get the state Republican party to understand that!

Anonymous

I am LDS personally and I mostly lean Democratic though I pick the person I feel is appropiate for the job, by reading what the candidate has to say

Midwestern Gal

Politics is not sugar -n- spice and everything nice. This is why party affiliation is a good thing. The Utah/grade school mentality does not work in the rest of the country folks and that goes for the dissenters/anit-LDS commenters as well. There are groups of devious people who would love a chance to sway the polls. This is why it is so important to pick the best candidate (who will always be affiliate with either the Reps. or the Dems. whether you like it or not) and stand behind them. Get registered with a party so you can make a real difference with your vote.

SRD

I have some issues with the "need" to declare what party your affliated with in order to vote in the primaries.

First; I was always under the impression that we elected people to represent their district, city, etc., not the political party. Unfortunatly in many cases in Utah the only election is the republican primary election. If I cannot vote in that election, then I do not have say in who represents me.

Second; I understand that the state pays for these elections. Since I pay for these elections how cna they argue they a a party function. If the party wants to close the elections than the party needs to pay for the cost of the elections.

Unaffiliated by choice

Some argue that you can make a bigger difference being affiliated and active in a party than standing on the sidelines complaining about the candidates coming out of the primaries. I find this argument compelling but I feel that affiliation would imply endorsement. I am too ashamed of the Republican Party though I agree with most of their stated core principles. To "UTAHNS ARE CONFORMISTS", I've been unaffiliated all 10 years that I've been old enough to vote, it is not a passing fade.

I have a practical question. This article details the ease that unaffiliated voters can register as Republicans in order to vote in their primary. My question is: What is the quickest/easiest way to unregister after voting in the primary? I'd like to add a vote for Ron Paul in the Republican primary, but I don't want to remain registered as a Republican out of principle.

I find Paul's views on governance too extreme (even without considering the racist remarks apparently published under his name), but I think our government on a whole, and particularly at the federal level, has too much power and control, we need a libertarian movement to bring it back into balance.

M7yc3

Let's just all vote for Ron Paul - the American candidate that doesn't play political games! He doesn't like the idea of a stimulus package and other band-aid quick fixes that cause inflation and reduce the value of the American dollar.

Independent Voters

Please, even if you lean republican go out and vote for Barack Obama.

Want a Choice, Down with Clinton

I'm with the Independent Voter. I'm a Republican moderate (some in Utah would say liberal, whatever) who does have a strong Republican preference (McCain) and a strong dislike for the Billary presidency. Romney's going to win here and it's a winner take all (so it's not like a McCain vote, Ron Paul vote, etc. would help get delegates for said candidate). The Democrat is a proportional share, so it does not matter as much who wins. Plus, I think Utah is sick of Clinton and needs to send a message that she's already been president for 8 years and WE DON'T WANT HER AT ALL. Wouldn't it be nice to have a REAL choice, or at least a choice not named Clinton.

Linda

I too would like to vote for Ron Paul, but am unaffiliated. This is my first time to vote, I have extensively researched all of the candidates in both parties, and feel that he is the best candidate that shares my views. However, I would not consider myself republican at all. And if he did not get to the general election I would not vote republican at all (at least that is what I have come to at this point). My question is do all of the states do this to the voter?

I thought I was supposed to vote for the best candidate in my mind to fill the position of president... not the best party. This made complete sense to me because not all candidates are 100% stout repub/democ in the way that they represent.

This process makes it more difficult to vote... and I think that it is an unnecessary evil for the common voter to meddle through. I just want to vote for who I think is the best candidate. That is apparently too easy.


YES, WE CAN

Awesome, I am unafilliated and was going to register as Democrat for exactly the reasons stated in the article- because I know who is taking the Republican vote in this state (sorry, Ron Paul fans-I think he is the most earnest and honest Republican but he does not draw the fluffy majority contingent even in 'independent- minded Utah')
Anyway, I am voting YES, WE CAN

whatnext
Clearfield, Utah

Midwestern Gal,

I have to disagree with you. When I vote for a canidate it will not be because they are affiliated with either the Democrats or Republicans. I do not agree with everything each side is doing. There are some ideas I like in each party and some I don't. So when I vote it will be for the canidate that mostly represents my ideas and values and not some parties agenda.

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