Quote of the Day - Don't vote, it only encourages them.
Why? I'm one of those who registered I.P. - Independent Party. I don't want to be labeled. Well, labeled as a Democrat or Republican. I guess I'm willing to be labeled something, especially since that's the only way to vote. My preference would have been just be N/A or something else that's non-descript.
My preference doesn't matter to the government. It should, however, because my preferences, along with yours, elect the government.
The long and short of this issue falls on my inability to cast a vote for a viable candidate, such as McCain, Romney, Huckabee, Obama or Clinton. In fact, I can't even for an independent candidate.
My I.P. ballot only allowed votes to be cast for the Propositions on Indian gaming and some local transportation issues, highly relevant to the outcome of our society, unlike the Presidency.
The problem with not being able to vote for the candidate of my choice is that the election has passed me and the other independents by. Complaints to the Registrar of Voters was met with a simple solution - register with a particular party and fill out an ungodly long form, almost as long as my forearm.
No, I'm not kidding.
Registering with one party, however, defeats the purpose of being able to vote for who you choose.
Isn't that what voting is all about anyway? What am I missing here?
2/6/08 Update: The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is part of a nationwide election protection team to help resolve any voting issues and questions that came up on February 5th. You can call 1-866-OUR-VOTE if you had any problems at your polling site.