Thu
Apr 29 2010
12:51:pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Early voting ends today in the Blount County primary election. My ballot will be completely blank - no Democratic candidates filed to run for any office I can vote for.

It would be tempting to ask for a Republican ballot, but, a) I don't want to interfere with their primary, b) I don't want it on my record, and c) it's technically illegal.

That's right. See TCA 2-7-115 (B):

2-7-115. Residence requirements - Primary election voting requirements.

(a) A voter may vote only in the precinct where the voter resides and is registered, but if a registered voter has, at any time prior to voting, changed residence to another place inside the county, the voter must vote pursuant to the provisions of § 2-7-140. If a registered voter has, within ninety (90) days before a state primary or general election or federal primary or general election, changed residence to another place inside Tennessee but outside the county where the voter is registered, the voter may vote in the polling place where the voter is registered. If the voter has, within ninety (90) days before an election, changed name by marriage or otherwise, the voter may vote in the polling place where the voter is registered or is entitled to vote under § 2-7-140.

(b) A registered voter is entitled to vote in a primary election for offices for which the voter is qualified to vote at the polling place where the voter is registered if:

(1) The voter is a bona fide member of and affiliated with the political party in whose primary the voter seeks to vote; or

(2) At the time the voter seeks to vote, the voter declares allegiance to the political party in whose primary the voter seeks to vote and states that the voter intends to affiliate with that party.

Since a) I'm not a "bona fide" member of the Republican party (and state law is silent on what makes someone a "bona fide" member of any party), and b) I sure ain't going to "declare allegiance" or state any intent to affiliate with the party, technically I am not entitled to vote in their primary.

It occurs to me that if we're going to have state and locally run party primaries we should have party registration. This crossover stuff works both ways. Ask Rosalind Kurita.

Voted a blank/empty ballot

Voted a blank/empty ballot for the very first time today. Very sad.

(I was surprised the voting machine would accept it, but it did. Poll workers asked if we really wanted to do that. The Mrs. wrote in someone for County Mayor, but hers was also otherwise blank. Unfortunately, state law doesn't allow counting of write-in votes unless the write-in candidate qualifies similar to a "bona fide" candidte.)

Blount Dems tried really hard to run some candidates this time. At least there will be some on the ballot in August.

Maybe next time. Until then, let each party lie in their own bed. And as I said, that crossover stuff works both ways.

I had voted twice before in uncontested Dem primaries. Once for Joe Gallagher and once for Mike Meares. The idea was to show support and send the local media a message that there were actually some Dems around. This time I didn't have the option to support a D, but at least I went on the record as voting and voting as a D.

You know what I am going to say....

so I won't say it...

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