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Independent (?) Party of Oregon
I refused to vote online in IPO's "election," simply because of the reasons Penny from Eugene stated. First off, before I get the announcement postcard that there is going to be an online-election, I get some sort of warning or advisory mailer from Candidate Kitzhaber. That was an immediate turnoff as much to Kitzhaber as it was to the online election. Was that Kitzhaber's real goal -- to derail the online election? Let Kitzhaber know that I didn't read his mailer, just as I read no candidates fluffy mailer or endorsement mailer: it went in the recycling bin torn in two.
The the election postcard notice shows up, disclosing to anyone who might see it my "registration number." Let's say that this card got waylaid or swiped on its way to me. Anyone with that card and the registration number now has my name, address, an election authorization PIN.
No way am I going to jump on this sort of band-wagon. Wave of the future? If that's the case, count me out.
When I pulled away from the Democratic party 6 years after moving to Oregon from Central California, I had long since given up on the state of party politics. I had worked for the CA Secretary of State and had grown fed up with redistricting shenanigans there, a tradition nearly as old as the state itself. It isn't much better here in this Great State of Oregon; the near-stasis in Salem shows that much.
When I went Independent, I meant independent. I had no intent of throwing my hat in the ring of another muddy organization with unclear intentions other than becoming a political split party. The IPO has a lot of work to do to convince me that staying allied with them is worthwhile.
My ultimate goal as a voter is to freely choose any and all candidates from an entirely open slate of candidates in primaries and final elections regardless of their party affiliation. No more, no less.
posted 2 years, 10 months ago
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