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Goddard: Independent voter suppression — the rest of the story

Independent voters in Arizona are our state’s largest voting block at 35 percent of registered voters; 1.1 million good people. In theory, they hold an enormous amount of power to determine how Arizona elections turn out. But they don’t vote – at least not in the numbers or in the elections that could change who is getting elected.
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Aug 5, 2014, 4:01 pm
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Speaking as a registered independent voter, I don’t feel suppressed. I registered as an independent because I think partisan politics is in direct contrast with what the founding fathers had in mind for us, and that they’re destroying our intended system of government. I don’t want to be a part of that at all.

I choose not to vote in primaries for largely the same reason.

Imagine what a wonderful country it would be if there were no political parties…

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Aug 5, 2014, 4:14 pm
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Wow…this was the best thing in the news I’ve read in DAYS…I’ve always liked Mr. Goddard…..Now I like him even more.

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Aug 7, 2014, 9:11 am
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Ummm….no. We independents CAN vote in primaries. I believe Mr. Goddard said as much in this piece. We can request either an R ballot or a D ballot.

I personally make the choice not too because I think partisan politics is destroying our country, and I find it appealing that taxpayer dollars are being used to perpetuate it. I say let the political parties pay for their own elections using their own resources, like the Reform party had to. (I don’t know if they still do or not, or even if they’re still around)

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Aug 7, 2014, 9:17 am
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The problem isn’t Independents being able to vote in primaries as much as the CANDIDATES in the primaries.  The candidates skew hard right or left to win over the party faithful….and those of us in the middle are still left voting for a lesser of two evils in the general election….until some candidates actually running INDEPENDENT get some traction, I don’t see how this system can change…

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Aug 7, 2014, 9:25 am
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TucsonGirl wrote:

The problem isn’t Independents being able to vote in primaries as much as the CANDIDATES in the primaries.  The candidates skew hard right or left to win over the party faithful….and those of us in the middle are still left voting for a lesser of two evils in the general election….until some candidates actually running INDEPENDENT get some traction, I don’t see how this system can change…

This may be the best, most accurate comment I’ve ever read posted on the Sentinel (that wasn’t by me, of course. Ha!)

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