Change will hurt rights

I’m not only appalled but highly offended by the remark of Max Harrison. About the end to the state’s blanket primary system, he said, “And thank God” (“Voters say farewell to open primaries,” news story, Sept. 20).

Neither party has a monopoly on qualified candidates. Certainly not the Democrats or the Republicans. I personally vote for the candidate who I believe can do the best job in the position for which he or she is running. While the court may have found the blanket primary system to be unconstitutional, I have to wonder what the Democratic Party fears so much that they have to make a stink at this point in time. A blanket primary, or some other open system, is the only way for our system to truly operate in an open and free manner. If one is forced to vote a ticket that only included the candidates of a single party, which has to be declared, how does this serve the freedoms which built this nation? For that matter, how does it address the loss of privacy at the polls?

Sultan

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