- Independent Voters in Profile (By Marcia Ford - Donklephant) The few independents I knew personally were evangelicals disenchanted with the Religious Right and its close association with the GOP who considered themselves to be conservatives or moderates.
- W.Va. Voters Still Can Change Parties (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register)
- PA Lawmaker would open primary election (Lebanon Daily News) Independents and third-party voters don’t have a say in Tuesday’s red-hot primary elections, but a handful of lawmakers say they should.
- WA 'Top two' primary: new ballots, new headaches? Proposed rules call for listing a candidate's party preference, not affiliation, and at least one lawmaker thinks only confusion will result. (Daily Herald - Everett WA) It's the Parties vs. the People...
- Poll highlights: Obama's gain, Clinton's pain (By The Associated Press-Yahoo) Many independent voters wish they had other choices, such as, say, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning maker of environmental films. Take an independent presidential poll here.....
- A New Role for Al Gore’s Running Mate (By The Editorial Board, New York Times) Hint: Independents don't like Joe Lieberman Poll Results
- Grits (Southern Political Report) According to Raleigh’s News & Observer, 53% registered Democratic, 37% were unaffiliated, and a lagging 10% were Republicans. That contrasts with the numbers at the end of 2007 for the entire voter pool, when the Democrats led with 45%, the Republicans were second with 34% and unaffiliated was third with 21%. More grits with grit here....
NORTH CAROLINA EARLY VOTING
- Early voters: Let's get started (News Observer) KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: If you ruin your ballot, you can ask for another one. If you're registered as unaffiliated, you can ask to receive the primary ballot of either party. If you're an ex-felon, you can register and vote if you've served all parts of your sentence, including probation. If you have a disability, you have a right to a voting machine that allows you to vote on your own. Anyone also has a right to receive assistance from a friend (not your employer) or an elections official.
- Obama in state; speaks to News 14 (News 14 Raleigh)
- Obama helping stimulate local voter interest (Mount Airy News - Surry County) As of Thursday, the updated registration totals in Surry show Democrats outnumbering Republicans 18,336 to 17,345. There are 8,146 unaffiliated voters in the county. [That's a margin of victory...]
- Early birds flock to polling spots (Rocky Mount Telegram) More than 5.7 million North Carolinians are registered to vote, state officials said, which includes 2.6 million Democrats, 1.9 million Republicans and 1.2 million unaffiliated voters – all record totals heading into a primary election.
- Early voters may cast ballots now (The Lexington Dispatch) Unaffiliated voters can choose to vote for nonpartisan races or in either the Republican or Democratic primary but not both.
FEATURE * What Happened to the [Harold] Washington Coalition? (Chicago Daily Observer) A big question that emerges at many meetings has to do with why the Washington Coalition—consisting of virtually the entire black community, a cadre of Latino warriors and a small but active band of progressive whites—did not continue as a political force.