Mar 14 2016

How Closed Primary Elections Can Impact The Presidential Race

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GUEST: Chad Peace, President of Independent Voter Media.

According to Gallup, more than a third of all eligible voters in the US are not affiliated with either the Democratic or the Republican Party. While they can also choose who they want as President in a general election, voting in primaries becomes more complicated. Depending upon the state you live in, independent, or “decline-to-state” voters may or may not be allowed to vote for a candidate they like if that candidate is running with a major party.

The case of Bernie Sanders is especially telling. The Democratic-leaning Senator spent most of his career identifying as an independent and is now running as a Democrat and attracting plenty of independent progressives. But can they all vote for him? Similarly, there may be some independent voters who back Hillary Clinton simply because they yearn for a woman in the White House.

For more information visit independentvoterproject.org.

FOR CALIFORNIA VOTERS:

Check the status of your voter registration HERE. http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/

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