swalfoort, that was explained to me this way: if you don’t register an affiliation for all voters, one party can organize and vote for the least electable candidate of the opposite party. So it ensures that only “party members” have a say in which candidates their party puts forward. Easily foiled by simply registering for the wrong party, but for some reason nobody does.
That could all be made up. I had some very creative teachers who tired quickly of my “well that’s dumb” opining in civics and history classes.
Easily foiled by simply registering for the wrong party, but for some reason nobody does.
I registered as “R” long, long ago. Since then, the party has moved so far away from my views that I now qualify for that statement. Certain races are decided in the primary (Pittsburgh mayoral is the most notable), so sometimes it does matter.