So I was at the voting site today and they made me select which party I was voting for. This made sense during the presidential primaries because there were multiple candidates running for the same party, but they were all for the same position also. Today we were voting for all sorts of random positions, some of which had ONLY candidates from one party running. The problem is, with as loose as the party lines have become these days (candidates running on a party platform but not agreeing with all of the party's ideas), it is very possible to support a candidate from one party for say, House of Reps, while at the same time supporting a candidate from another party for the Senate. But because we have to select a party, we don't get to vote for the candidates we want, only some of them. There was an option to do Independent candidates, but doesn't that mean candidates running as non party members (not all candidates of both parties)? Please explain how this is legal. By identifying which party you're voting for, you're also identifying EXACTLY which candidate you're voting for in many cases (because only 1 person is running for that party sometimes).
Non-partisan candidates, like judges, show up on the ballot no matter which party you choose. For partisan races, yesterday was a PRIMARY election, not a general election.
This is the primary and largely, parties are given leeway to select their candidates. The general election is in November.
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