Before my Republican friends jump all over me, I would like to preface my comments by clearly stating I am not a member of the Republican Party so therefore cannot be disloyal to the party.
I am however apparently amongst the most sought after demographic that the Republican Party claims to want to attract to the party. I am a Decline to State (no political party affiliation) commonly incorrectly referred to as “independents”, female, American of Hispanic ancestry. Three of the voting groups most coveted by all the political parties as being the determining “swing votes” in any election.
With important local, state, and federal elections taking place this year it is astonishing to me that leaders of the California Republican Party have made the decision to prevent all of us Decline to State (DTS) voters from voting for any of their party candidates in the June California Primary despite the fact the Democrats are ENCOURAGING us to vote as “crossover” voters while the Republicans PROHIBIT us from voting unless we register as Republicans. We are DTS voters precisely because we believe that NEITHER party accurately represents us and will not register as Republicans simply to vote for your candidate.
What a boneheaded decision to GUARANTEE that DTS voters will either vote for the only Democrat on the presidential primary ballot, incumbent President Obama, or simply sit out the June primary due to your leadership’s decision to exclude us. There is also anecdotal evidence that folks voting for a particular party’s candidate in the primary will most likely vote for the same candidate and/or party representatives in the general election too. And the ability to vote for, or prevented from voting for, a particular candidate or party also has a trickle down effect to other elections. So in other words, if we have no say in the primary why would we bother to vote for your nominated candidate in the general election?
Before you say, oh but non-Republican folks will just vote to pick the weakest candidate to campaign against Obama, I would respond that there may be a few votes like that but there would also be millions of voters just like me who are ready for a change, want their voice heard, and would vote for whomever they consider the best Republican candidate. I would vote to select one of your candidates in the primary but your party has intentionally slammed the door in my face.
You have just voluntarily given away the votes of Decline to State, female, and American Hispanic voters to the Democrats without so much as a fair fight to win those votes for your candidate. In my opinion, another stupid party leadership decision and a contributing factor in the decrease of Republican Party affiliation in California.