May 19, 2016 2:30 AM GMT
DOMINUS saidNo. Open primaries allow instigators, poseurs and provocateurs to create unnecessary trouble and disruption. Would I want outsiders to participate in my own family's decision-making?
metta saidThe government should stop helping to fund primaries of the two parties unless they allow everyone to vote.
Eligibility for Public Funds
To be eligible for public funds, a Presidential candidate or a party convention committee must first submit a letter of agreement and a written certification in which the candidate or committee agrees to:
•Spend public funds only for campaign-related expenses or, in the case of a party convention, for convention-related expenses;
•Limit spending to amounts specified by the campaign finance law;
•Keep records and, if requested, supply evidence of qualified expenses;
•Cooperate with an audit of campaign or convention expenses;
•Repay public funds, if necessary; and
•Pay any civil penalties imposed by the FEC.
Primary candidates must additionally certify that they have met the "threshold requirement" for eligibility by raising in excess of $5,000 in each of 20 states (see "Primary Matching Funds," above). A candidate may satisfy eligibility requirements and submit private contributions for matching payments any time after January 1 of the year before a Presidential general election. Actual payments are not made, however, until after January 1 of the Presidential election year.