This year's primaries in both parties are about as hard fought and important as they ever are.
And the only people who can vote in them are registered Democrats and Republicans. Unaffiliated voters are out of luck.
Many people register as an independent because they don't want to sign on with either party. Given the way the parties operate, that's hardly surprising.
But the reality is that people who don't pick a side don't get to pick the candidates either. In a fundamental way, they are actually giving more power to the party regulars by refusing to side with the either the Democrats or the Republicans.
Voters have until noon on Monday, August 9 to enroll as a Democrat or a Republican. Don't wait that long. Go do it soon.
Quite honestly, it's silly to give up your right to vote in the August 10 primary. Take a stand. It matters.
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