Thinking of Ditching the Party Label?…here is how it is done

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Thanks to Ross McDonald, the very capable Director of the Lake County Board of Elections, for answering our question on how a voter can change their party affiliation.

Party affiliation is gained by requesting the desired party’s ballot at a Primary Election.

Either on the absentee application, or in-person at the polls, the voter will declare which party’s primary ballot they would like to vote on. They are then registered with that party until they vote differently at the next Primary.

If the voter goes two primary elections without participating in a partisan primary, the voter’s affiliation is then reset to Undeclared.

To become an “Independent” (in our lingo we refer to it as “Nonpartisan”) a voter would need to request an “Issues Only” ballot at a Primary Election. As the name implies, these ballots do not contain candidates. Voters who choose this ballot miss out on the chance to nominate candidates to move forward to the General Election, but still get to vote on tax levies, charter amendments, etc.

Finally, just because someone is registered with say, the Republican Party, they are perfectly fine to change affiliation at the next Primary Election to a different party or to Independent/Nonpartisan (Issues Only ballot).

(LFC Comment:  So if you think your current party has “gone off the rails”, or their party platform is just words on a page because their actions do not demonstrate that they believe in their own platform, you might want to consider your alternatives.     Matthew 7:16   “Ye will know them by their fruits….”

Whatever you decide, please remember to vote, there are a lot of people that sacrificed everything for your freedoms. )

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  23. Not sure I was entirely clear. The primary is where we have the greatest likelihood of having a positive influence on what candidates show up on the November ballot. For example, Matt Lynch who is now an Appeals Court judge and Sarah Fowler who is a State School Board Member. If we, as conservatives, had opted out of the process, these two names might not have appeared on the ballot in November to be elected.

    You are absolutely correct that we can always switch. And I think under the circumstances where there isn’t a conservative challenge to a more mainstream Republican candidate, that might be very appropriate.

    Why is it that I always appear to have two bad choices from which to choose?

  24. You can always switch when needed.

  25. This is a tricky issue. When one opts out of the party affiliation, by requesting an issues only ballot, one has also opted out of the privilege of helping to determine a party’s nominee. Once the nominees for the two major parties have been determined, based upon past experience, one is usually left with a choice of the lesser of two evils. The only real opportunity to get a nominee that stands for traditional values and does so with integrity is to have that person win the primary. If all of us who believe in those traditional values walk away from the party, then the party gains full control over who the nominee will be…and that nominee will likely be someone who doesn’t represent us.

    Take for example the last Republican presidential primary. While Donald Trump wasn’t my first choice, he has clearly done a lot of good things in his presidency. However, if the party had had its way, the nominee would very likely have been Jeb Bush. And if that had been the case, we could currently be presided over by President Hillary Clinton, perish the thought.

    So, before taking a knee jerk reaction, one ought to give serious consideration as to the best course of action. Consider all the ramifications.

    I personally am not enamored with the Republican party and the Democrat party is so anti-traditional values and anti-Christian that I could never support it. So, I can understand the conflict between staying in the party and leaving it.

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