Arizona Voting Information
Here's some information I found because it applies to my case, and I thought you might be interested too. Here's a table of interesting dates, from the AZ-SOS site:
|Presidential Preference||March 17, 2020||February 18, 2020|
|Primary||August 4, 2020||July 6, 2020||General||November 3, 2020||October 5, 2020|
Unlike the rest of Amerika, Arizona doesn't like those long long long campaigns, and so schedules its primaries reasonably close to the general elections. This is basically a good thing, and we wish the rest of you would get on board, heh.
Here's another important date I got from Wikipedia:
Note our problem here: the Democratic Party convention is actually held before our primaries.
After that last, and totally fubar election, I (after 4 decades) abandoned the Democratic Party, as did so many others, and I did it between the "presidential preference" election and the party convention. My voter registration now says "No Party Declared" or some such thing. In that condition, I can go to the "primary" election polling place and, at that moment, choose any party for which I want to… well, in our case, to choose Electors.
In my head, and keeping mind that I am "No Party Declared", the narrative I create to describe the schedule is as follows:
- In March, voters choose the candidate of their party whom they want for president in the "presidential preference" election. Those results are taken to…
- The party convention held in July.
- In August, the voters choose the ELECTORS who will represent any party of their choosing at the infamous Electoral College.
- In November, the voters give some indication to the Secretary of State of Arizona about how those electors (already voted for) should be allocated. (OK, there are state laws about how this shall be done. For most states, it's "winner takes all" which isn't quite fair, but that's an argument for another time. Whatever.)
Remember last time? The Green Party didn't have their list of proposed electors ready at the deadline for the primary. So sure, they weren't needed after all, but a proper party needs to go through all the proper motions, anyway. Moving on…
Wherein I finally get to my point:
Note the difference in wording in items 1 and 3 above, regarding whom I may vote for, given that I am registered as "No Party Declared". In the "primary" election, I may specify (on that day, in my polling place) the party whose Electors I want to choose. But for the "presidential preference" election, I must have already chosen a Party before I will be allowed to vote for any candidate. Specifically, I must re-register as a Democrat if I want to vote for Bernie or Tulsi or (gods forbid) Biden.
So, and this is the important point, if you are in Arizona,
May the least harmful candidate win.
Late update: Item 3 above is poorly stated. One cannot mix and match electors.
It should say: The voter selects a Party at the polling place, and then must choose from among the Electors proposed by that party.