Primary Voters in Virginia Must Sign Loyalty Oaths
From The Roanoke Times:
The Republican Party of Virginia has no interest in thoughtful voters. It only wants mindless party loyalists who will vote Republican no matter what.My Comments:
That's the sad message of a new GOP policy for next year's presidential primary approved by the State Board of Elections this week. People who want to vote in it must sign a loyalty oath swearing their intent to vote in November for the party's nominee, whomever that winds up being.
The oath precludes such careful analysis and leaves Republicans three options:
Lie. Virginia's ballots are still secret; no one will know if you vote against the party nominee. Stay home from the Feb. 12 election and keep your options open. Commit to an unknown Republican candidate nine months before the election.
Honorable Virginians do not give their word lightly and will not lie, even under these obtuse circumstances. We hope, too, that they put candidates' ideas, character and experience ahead of party affiliation.
Honest, responsible voters therefore can only skip the primary.
That, obviously, was not the goal of the Republican loyalty oath. The oath is an outgrowth of Virginia's open primaries and a two-party system that prizes power over all else.
Democrats are susceptible to such electoral foolishness, too. In Roanoke, Democrats who want to help pick the party's city council candidates must vow to support the party's nominees.
If I still lived in the Commonwealth of Virginia, this sort of thing would keep me from voting in the primaries.