I'm a 74-year-young lady and have voted in every election since I became 21 years of age. This year will be the first primary election that I will miss voting in. Along with a lot of other people, I feel that, if I cannot vote for the candidate that I feel is best suited for the position, regardless of their political party, then why bother.
The party that a person belongs to does not mean that he or she is the best, or the person that I believe will do the best job. The Constitution of the United States says that I have the right to vote my conscience, the Democratic and Republican parties have robbed all of us of that right. Now we must align ourselves with a party or relinquish our rights to vote. Just where in the constitution do they find that?
Each primary election the news media tell us that there are fewer and fewer people voting in our primary elections, every year the Republican and Democratic parties put more and more pressure on people to bring them in line to their way of thinking. You must align yourself with a party or else. Personally I'm sick and tired of it.
When the general election comes around I have full intentions of voting for anyone that is not running on a Democrat or Republican ticket. This is the only way we will be given our rights back. We might better have someone in office that we really don't want there for a short time and get our rights back, than to continue losing more and more of our rights each election. Soon we will have no rights and no elections if we don't put a stop to it now.
Our politicians scream that some countries don't have free elections, yet they are bringing us to the same place. Let's put a stop to it. Refuse to vote for a Republican or a Democrat until we no longer have to declare our party.
Florence E. Dilallo
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