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Ok. I get these Kucinich updates every day, and I don't share them… - The Life and Thoughts of Zach — LiveJournal
Dec. 13th, 2003
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December 15th, 2003 10:46 pm (UTC)
Well if Kucinich wins the primary, I will vote for him in the General. If anyone else wins in the primary I am most likely to vote Green in the general.
Primaries work differently in each state. In Illinois, registered voters go to the polls on the day of the primary election and ask for a democratic or republican ballot. Any voter can vote in the primaries but only on one party's ballot. Only the "Major Parties" get a primary. If the Greens or Libs get more than 5% on a full slate of candidates statewide then they'll get major party status and a primary of their own.
The primaries determine whose delegates the state level party sends to the party's national convention where the candidate is officially selected by the delegates (it's like the electoral college but within the party structure).
When it gets closer to the primaries perhaps I'll post a more detailed summary of the process to my LJ along with info about registering to vote.
In some states you have to register with a party when you register to vote. In Illinois that does not happen. You choose your party freely on the day of the primaries when you ask for a ballot.
I think you'd be surprised to learn that moderate greens and moderate libs agree on a lot of practical issues. Our underlying philosophies are different (though unlike true socialists, Greens do understand and embrace the idea of markets solving problems...we just think that external hidden costs should be paid by producers rather than by society at large, hence certain regulations to assure that producers pay the true cost of their production (if you pollute, then you pay to clean it up, if you cause health problems then you pay to treat them, etc) but in the end our relationship to the status quo is often the same and there are many issues on which we can find common ground.