Post # 1
First off I will say I am Canadian, but I have been following the primaries because this election has been really interesting so far. This poll is not about which person you vote for, but rather which party and whether a nominee can change who you vote for in the end. For example, you have and always will vote democrat, regardless of nominee. I have tried to be inclusive in my poll options but please pick which you identify with the most. If I missed an option or you have clairifications please post below, thanks!
Post # 2
You do not have Independant in your poll, I cannot vote. I usually vote Independant or Green Party but this one I am most likely Democrat
Post # 3
I have always voted Democrat in national elections but have occasionally voted Republican in local elections when I felt the Republican was the better candidate. My personal values would not permit me to vote for a Republican in a national election until/unless they present a candidate who supports marriage equality and a woman’s right to choose.
Post # 4
I know a lot of people vote by rules that aren’t connected to any party (always vote for a female candidate, vote for the candidate backed by unions that are not police, if you’re not passionate about the incumbent then vote for anyone else, etc), but those are more relevant to local government and senators/representatives than presidential races.
Post # 5
I vote for the candidate who holds the most libertarian values – not in your poll.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
If you’re talking about the presidential election, I have always voted Democrat and I WILL always vote Democrat. Hands down, I will never ever think the Republican candidate is better (based on women’s rights, gender equality, environmental protection, tax loopholes to the wealthy, social services, science-based policy, etc etc etc….). I don’t think I’d ever vote for a third party candidate either, because until the system changes, it’s basically a wasted vote. (I know that statement is a catch-22, but it is what it is.)
For more local elections, I’ve certainly voted for moderate Republicans when I think they’re the best and most qualified candidate. Rarely.
Post # 7
Thanks for the extra comments! I love reading different perspectives.
Post # 8
My personal rule is that I don’t vote for people who hate me. As a queer disabled woman I’ve never been able to vote for a Republican.
Post # 9
Historically I have voted Democratic, but if the party had someone batsh*t crazy take the nomination, I might have to look elsewhere. This is the danger for the Republican party at this point, and I am surprised that the party did not take serious initiative to stop or beat Trump earlier in the race before momentum was built. Waiting until Trump took FL and was well on his way toward the delegates needed to clinch the nomination was too little, too late. And given that Kasich isn’t bowing out (despite the fact that he statistically cannot possibly win), that splits the Republican vote three ways instead of two. Trump now needs less than 60% of the remaining delegates to win, and in most of the primaries he has taken well over that number. Then again, Trump is less popular in the western states, many of which still need to hold their primaries. But regardless, Trump isn’t a candidate a majority can support, IMO; a brokered convention will alienate a lot of voters; and even if Cruz somehow walks away with the nomination, he is not a terribly likeable man according to many who know him. Overall, things look grim for the Republicans in this situation, and I am shocked they didn’t see it coming sooner.
Post # 10
sqldudette: I’m a left-leaning centrist, so I always vote based on the candidate. I also vote in local elections and have voted for Democrats, Republicans, and Independants. My parents always vote Republican even if they hate the candidate (this year is looking like a good example), but I’m more concerned about where candidates stand on the issues than voting down the party lines. That being said, I knew early on I’d be voting Dem in this election given the options available.
Post # 11
echomomm: This situation actually reminds me a little of our last federal election. We have 3 major parties that generally get the majority of the votes and there were many strategic voting websites that would tell you if your riding was most likely to vote NDP or Liberal so that instead of splitting the NDP/Liberal vote, leaving the Conservatives with the majority, you could vote for the party with the best chance of beating the number of Consertative votes. In our case a lot of people who would normally vote NDP gave their votes to the Liberal party and in the end it was effective in electing a Liberal Prime Minister after a decade of Conservative leadership.
a specific example I forgot to mention was an article I read in which Rubio told his voters in Ohio to vote for Kasich because he was the only one with a chance to beat Trump.
Post # 12
I am politically moderate and have voted for members of both parties. This election I dislike things about all the candidates, but I will vote for whoever isn’t Trump.
Post # 13
I have always voted Dem in national elections and will continue to do so for the same reasons many here have stated. However I live in Kentucky and my state rarely goes Demecrate in national election. We clearly don’t know what is good for us here. Look at Mitch McConnell. We can’t seem to get him out and everyone says they hate him.
That being said, in local politics everyone runs as a Dem. It can be very difficult wading threw candidates to find out where they really stand. For example Kim Davis the county clerk who refused to issue same sex marriage licenses was registered Dem.
Post # 14
sqldudette: I’ve always been an independant but I just registered with one party this year so that I could participate in my state’s primary election, as our primaries are closed. There was a specific candidate I wanted to vote for, and my state has an open senate seat this year as well that I wanted to vote for.
I will probably drop said party registration, since I prefer to be an independant and I don’t want to be spammed with all the party-related mailers and phone calls. I prefer not siding with any particular party.
Post # 15
hokie2wildcat: it’s so weird to me that there is such a difference between rules state by state for voting in primaries. Seems like something that would be a bit more regulated but I think it’s great to see that having closed primaries didn’t stop you from voting!