January 3, 2008

Caucus, Primary, What’s the Difference?

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 7:43 pm by Jenn

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Since the 2000 election I get so excited during the election seasons.  Last night I did a google search looking to see when Maryland’s Primary elections were and came across this list.  When I was scrolling down looking for Maryland I noticed that some states have caucuses and some states hold primaries.  I wasn’t sure what the difference was and today I came across this video that helped to clear that up. 

I think there are good and bad points to each method.  For example, I like that with a caucus if your candidate doesn’t have a certain percentage of the vote you can move your vote to another candidate.   This method also seems very social and seems like there is less room for error.  Now the bad points I see are that the whole town will know who you voted for if you are the kind of person that likes to keep that sort of thing private.  With a primary (the voting style I’m used to) it seems so stressful.  It is my right and I am proud to vote and I will stand in line as long as it takes, but that doesn’t mean that I like it.  I don’t enjoy listening to the people around me complain about how long the lines are. People don’t seem to want to have a conversation, they just want to stand in line, complain and in turn close the curtain, pull the lever and vote.  If the line isn’t long, 5 minutes and you’re out of there.  One pull, one vote, done.  If you pull the wrong lever…too bad. 

So those are my thoughts on the two methods and I know I’m probably opening up a can of worms here, but what do you think? 

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4 Comments »

  1. Heather said,

    I like our style of voting. Oh, and the lines are about to be less – we’ve all been assigned a new pollilng place – I think they finally realized that a 4-hour line at the middle school was, um, how to say this? – RIDICULOUS!!

    :O)

  2. Heather said,

    Oh yeah, and not everyone votes via the behind-the-curtain method either. In Baltimore County, we voted via a scan sheet, which was printed large enough for senior citizens to view. After we marked our ballots, we walked up and handed them to someone, who could clearly see who we voted for if they wished to!

  3. sjsmart said,

    I forgot that Baltimore County didn’t use machines. I hope the new polling place is less crowded. I was still at the middle school last time I voted in Maryland. There sure are lots of people in Mayberry now.

  4. Mom said,

    And I will be the chief judge at the new polling place. I may have bitten of more than I can chew.


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