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Kanye West's 'independent' bid dropped from Az ballot: Rapper is registered Republican

Rapper Kanye West will be barred from appearing as an independent presidential candidate on Arizona ballots because he’s a registered Republican in Wyoming, a judge ruled Thursday.... Read more»

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Sep 3, 2020, 6:50 pm
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In 1988, Bill Shulz, the Democratic Party frontrunner for governor of Arizona dropped out of the Primary election due to family issues.  Caroline Warner won the Democratic Primary, and Evan Meacham won the Republican Primary.  Bill Schulz did not believe Caroline Warner could defeat Evan Meacham in the general election, so he re-entered the race as an independent candidate, paid signature gatherers $6.50 per hour to get signatures, and appeared on the ballot as an independent candidate.  In the 1990’s Democratic Secretary of State Dick Mahoney obtained enough signatures to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate against Janet Napolitano and Matt Salmon.  There is no requirement in Arizona law for an independent candidate to be registered independent, never has been.  Independent voters are not a political party, and independent candidates are not party candidates.  Kanye West is being discriminated against.

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Sep 4, 2020, 1:06 pm
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You are correct that there is no requirement in Arizona law for an independent candidate to be registered as an independent. That’s because there is no such thing as being a “registered independent” in Arizona.

Voters here who decline to register as members of a political party are “Party Not Designated” or “Non-Party Voters.”

West is a registered member of the Republican Party. Under Arizona law A.R.S. § 16-314, as the judge cited in his ruling — which is linked in the news report — candidates seeking to run for office without being nominated in a primary election cannot be registered members of political parties that are recognized in this state.

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Sep 4, 2020, 5:59 pm
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Well, you party boys are pretty cute.  The citizens of Arizona passed an open primary initiative in 1998.  That resulted in one of the only bi-partisan efforts to ever take place in the state of Arizona.  State Attorney General Janet Napolitano proposed that if the Presidential Primary was moved to February, leaving a primary for state offices in August, then independent voters could be prevented from voting in the Presidential Primary because the Presidential Primary was not mentioned by name in the open primary initiative.  So the Republican state legislature moved the Presidential Primary to February, and Janet Napolitano decreed that independent voters could not vote in the Presidential Primary.  So now independent voters get to pay for two party primaries, one of which they cannot vote in.  Meanwhile, independent voters cannot run for office because you party boys have increased the nomination petition signature requirement to eight times the signature requirement for Democrats and Republicans.  Aside from these unconstitutional state election laws, we have watched the other dirty tricks you pull.  After Republicans elected Janet Napolitano governor in gratitude for her creative efforts with regard to independent voters, Republicans and Democrats noticed that independent voter registration was going exponential in Arizona.  So they passed a Senate bill to remove the option to register independent from the Arizona voter registration form with the following effect:

      2000-2002           107,715
      2002-2004           165,771
      2004-2006           26,384

Independent voters still passed Democrats in numbers in 2009 and Republicans in 2012. 
So what are we to conclude?
We conclude that President George Washington was correct in 1796 when he said that independent voters were created by the writing and adoption of the Constitution and are necessary in governments that hold elections, whereas, political parties are “self-created societies” that destroy free and open elections and take away the freedom of the people.  George Washington said that independent voters should not start or support political parties.  After 220 years, it is time we paid attention to what he said.  He said that political parties are incapable of providing good government in nations that hold elections.

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