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    Default Anyone watching Foreign Correspondent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Haven't had time to read the link. I suppose because I can see how the system could be open to abuse if people can vote for candidate when they aren't even a member of the party or any party. I'm not saying it doesn't happen in our system (factions and branch stacking are egs) but how do you prevent people who for example are extremely racist voting against a candidate purely based on colour?

    To my mind it's not always easy being a member of a party (as in a registered member and not just voting for that party on Election Day) as it requires commitment and dedication for the most part. Just seems to me that allowing anyone to then vote for a candidate takes away from members and what they have worked for.
    If you open the first link, only about a dozen states have open primaries, the rest are all closed, so a primary election being decided on that is probably unlikely.

    Eta: America's system works quite differently than Australia's. Being 'registered' to a party doesn't really take up my time, it's a box you check when you first register to vote, just means I receive the democrat primary card and that when I vote it shows up that a 'democrat' voted for such and such person or measure.

    Eta2: I just read the manipulation area where the worry is more that another party organizes voters to vote for the other party to 'dilute' it or chooses somebody more easy to defeat. On the other hand it gives people who do not affiliate with a particular party a chance to have their say. Again though, it's 16 states out of 50. I'd prefer them all to be closed but overall I like how our system works, that we get to choose our candidates.
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    It would be great if the international media paid more attention to the other candidates (like Bernie Sanders--link below), but I get it, Trump has the shock value. The Republicans currently have 17 candidates, several of which are much more experienced than Trump. I think the republican candidate will end up being Jeb Bush (please God not another Bush) or Chris Christie. Most likely Christie because he's moderate enough to appeal to the republicans that are more towards the center. Although Bernie Sanders is appealing, he won't win the democratic nomination. If Biden doesn't run it will be Hillary but if Biden runs I really don't know who would win the nomination.

    https://www.yahoo.com/politics/democ...531662801.html
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