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Written 02-22-2008:  Cross Voting may not be what you think it is.

     I do not know what else to call it but Cross Voting.  I have been hearing people say that they are going to vote the other party so that they can get their real party candidate to win.  If you vote for the other person, then you have thrown your vote away.  Democrat or Republican, you should vote for the person you support - period.  (note: Texas Primary is a two party system).

     I think I know where people are getting this stupid idea - from the media.  Out of the blue, I heard news commentators talking about people doing this to hurt the other side.  On the surface is sounds like it will matter.  Well it does matter to the side you are voting for - they like it.

     How it hurts you is that in Texas, when a voter casts a ballot in one party’s primary, they are affiliated with that party for a year (Texas Election Code Sec. 162) which is actually the next two years because party elections are every two years.  NOTE:  This does not affect a voter's ability to vote for candidates of either party in a general or a special election like the final November election.  However, a voter cannot vote in primary or run-off elections for any other party.  For example, If you voted in the republican primary then you can only vote in the republican primary runoff election.

     Therefore, in reality, if you think you are a republican and vote democrat in the primary, you are a democrat for this election cycle.  You will miss out on helping get the person that you really want to be in office on the final ballot - especially if there is a run-off election.  You also miss the chance to be a delegate or officially be a part of the republican party.

     The process is simple - vote and vote for who you believe in.  Even if it is the lesser of two evils.


That's the way I see it - John Gorena.


p.s. - To learn more about what the primaries (or at least my point of view on how they work), please click here.- JDG

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