This evening I opened up my mail-in ballot. On February 19th, the state of Washington is having what they call a "Presidential Preference Primary." They sent two ballots...one with a blue banner for the Democratic party and the other with a red banner for the Republican party. Then inside the cover of the return envelope you have to mark the box of the party you wish to be identified with, sign your name & date it. Then you take the voting card you want to use, the one for the party you've chosen and mark next to the candidates name you would vote for.
They claim that candidates belonging to other political parties and independents will appear on the ballot in November (the main election).
Somehow, I don't think this is right. Why can't we just vote for who we want & not have to declare which party we wish to be affiliated with ? I think the day will come (in the U.S. anyway) where no one will want to vote for anyone. They start their bashing T.V. ads a year before the elections, I'm even sick of hearing the members of the same parties bashing each other. I've been sick of the whole thing since before Christmas.
For those of you in the United States, do you think we should have to declare which party we wish to be affilated with?