In Md., independent voters are disenfranchised

September 17, 2010

Well, another Maryland primary is held and I was prohibited from voting. Being an "unaffiliated" registered voter (also known as an independent thinking voter), Maryland voting law says I could not vote unless I went against my convictions and changed my "unaffiliated" status by completing a new registration card and selecting a party affiliation 21 days prior to the primary election. This political restriction has intentionally kept approximately 15 percent of registered voters from having a say in the primaries.

What a shameful restriction that both the Democratic (57 percent of registered voters) and Republican (27 percent of registered voters) parties continue to support in order to maintain their strict control over the election process in Maryland. No wonder they have trouble getting the unaffiliated voter to support their candidates.

Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace

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