I discovered today that I can’t vote in the presidential primary next month. I’m not a registered member of any political party. And it’s too late for me to join the Democratic party so I can vote in time for this election due to rules I don’t understand, such as:
You can change your party affiliation by obtaining a Voter Registration Form, indicating the change and sending it to the Board of Elections. We will process the information and send you a new voter card reflecting the change in party. You cannot CHANGE your enrollment and vote in the NEW PARTY of your choice in the same year. Please Note: a change of enrollment will go into affect* one week following the General Election. The last day to change your enrollment is the same as the last day to register for the General Election (25 days prior to the date of the General Election).
I’m actually pretty upset and wish I’d realized this sooner.
Not that I’m itching to be a party member or anything, but I wanted to join the party just for a day for, you know, this election. I guess this is why the party won’t have me. This is what I get for being independent—literally.
So to everyone in the U.S. who gets to vote… jealous! I wish I could be there.
* Pasted from their website. This is not my mistake. If I find it, does that mean they’ll bend the rules so I can vote?