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Report: Independents Being Disenfranchised in West Virginia

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Report: Independents Being Disenfranchised In West Virginia
West Virginia has an open primary, which means you can vote even if you are an Independent. However, if you are a Democrat or a Republican, you are automatically given a normal ballot in a primary. If you are an Independent, you are pointed to a touch-screen device which does not list a presidential choice.

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raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
Hey, if you still can't make up your mind about which party you should vote for, I have no sympathy.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
This is terrible! We had many issues with the independant voters in CA, and the lack of polling volunteers that were instucting independant voters to "double bubble". In fact, they said that at least 50% of the independant vote in Los Angeles county didn't count!!!
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 8 years
I can't believe the Media haven't blasted this all over television and news reports on the radio. It probably dates back to the 19th Century, but it's definitely not the correct thing to do in the 21st Century. Maybe they're trying to discourage "independent" thinkers? THE REST OF THE STORY: If you are an independent, you have the option of requesting a Democratic or Republican ballot so you can vote in the Presidential primary, but you have to request it. And unless you know to request it, you will end up with no vote in the Presidential primary. The Secretary of State has decided not to inform people of this fact, which will leave potentially thousands of voters in West Virginia who came to vote for Obama without a choice.
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