L.F. Rambo of Fort Walton Beach is not a fan of open primaries. In this letter to the editor he explains why.
A recent guest column championed the idea of open primaries; the ability of anyone to vote for any party’s candidate in a primary election.
For background, my wife and I arrived in Okaloosa County as registered “Independents,” but soon changed to “Republican” in order to have a voice in local elections. In short, we joined a party in order to vote in primaries, as the writer mentioned.
Had we arrived in Okaloosa County 10 or 20 years earlier, we probably would have registered “Democrat” for the same reason. Having said that, I am opposed to open primaries.
Here’s the problem I see: In any primary election in which a party’s candidate is unopposed, that party could (and no matter which side, I believe would) organize their voters to vote for the weakest opposition candidate; which I would regard as a form of voter fraud.
Call me a skeptic, but could that be why, “… polls show strong support from rank and file Republicans and Democrats alike. …” I believe no person or party should be able to select their opponent. Although registered Republican, I vote my conscious on every candidate in every election, whether Rep, Dem, Ind., or third party.
I applaud Mr. Hough for his contribution of time and effort to a cause in which he believes. We, as a nation, need more of that. He makes several good points.
However I believe this one point is a “deal breaker. If there’s a way to prevent my scenario, I could support the idea but, as things stand today, I’d vote “no.”
L.F. Rambo, Fort Walton Beach