Oh, I’m excited. I found out that Tennessee has what is called Open Primary Voting. Below is a summary:
OPEN PRIMARY OR CAUCUS
In an Open primary or caucus, any voter – regardless of party registration – may vote in the primary of either major party (but not both!): Democrats may, if they wish, pass up their own party’s primary to vote in the Republican primary, while Republicans may choose to pass up their own party’s primary to vote in the Democratic primary; Independents may vote in either major party’s primary. In addition, a voter’s party affiliation is unaffected by which primary he or she might have chosen to vote in: for example, a Democrat who chooses to vote in the Republican primary remains a registered Democrat and an Independent who votes in the Democratic primary remains a member of neither major party.
About the only way I would consider this a dilemna for my voting choice in the primary is if I felt strongly about a Democratic candidate as well, which, sadly…I do not. I’d be content with just about any of the frontrunners at this point. Much can change before February 5th, 2008 but just knowing that I do not have to switch party affiliations merely to vote for a candidate I like is a lovely realization today.
Check out your own state’s guidelines here: