A reader wrote yesterday:
Shall we remain Republicans for the rest of the year?
Or shall we change back sometime sooner? If so, when?
After responding to the email, I thought I’d post my response. See also my post of February 5th “Not changing my registration just yet.”
I will remain a registered Republican so I can vote in the Republican primary elections on August 14, 2012. There will be several races that only registered Republicans can vote in.
- There are several Republicans running to face off against Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate - most notably Connie Mack and George LeMieux. While I will of course vote for Nelson in the general election in November, I want to influence who the Republican candidate will be.
- There are several Republicans running for the House of Representatives seat currently held by Connie Mack. Since this seat has traditionally been held by a Republican, I want to have input in the choice.
- Tom Henning, who serves as Collier County’s Commissioner for District 3 where I live, has one challenger so far. Since the Republican candidate will no doubt win that primary, I want to have a vote in who that will be.
- The same is true for incumbent State Representative Matt Hudson’s District 80 seat in the Florida Legislature.
So I plan to leave my party affiliation as Republican.
As to when I'll change back -- I'm not sure I will. As long as the Republican party dominates in my community, I will want to have input into the candidates it chooses to run against its Democratic opponent. Since I am free to vote for whomever I want in the general election - regardless of which party I'm registered in - I may just decide it's easier to stay registered as a Republican than to change my voter registration back and forth before and after each election.