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Voting as a no-party liberal


My no-party ballot wasn’t especially exciting. But I still voted in the Oregon primary. (In Oregon you vote by mail.)

Today is primary election day in Oregon.

I’m a political person to a point.

The first election I was able to vote in was when Bill Clinton ran for President in 1992. I was proud that Arizona went blue in 1996 for Bill’s second run.

At some point I changed my party from Democrat to no party.

I decided to become no party as a journalist. And I’ve kept it that way ever since.

In Oregon I can’t vote in the primary this time around. (That could change soon.) And I decided not to change my political party for the primary. That was my decision alone. And anyone who did change their party to vote, good for you. I decided that wasn’t best for me.

Even within the Democratic party I am tired and annoyed of all the bashing on both sides.

And I won’t even go into how I feel about that Republican nominee. Except to say being childish, mean-spirited racist, a xenophobe, a misogynist, lacking any sort of political experience … does not┬ámake a U.S. President … even a really bad one.

I am a woman. I am Mexican-American. I live in Oregon. I am an Arizona (and Tucson) native. I am a liberal. I am pro-choice. I believe in hard work. I believe in being a good human being and caring for and helping others.

I know who I like for President and what I think is not going to change anyone else’s mind.

But because I can’t vote in the primary I am just going with the flow.

In November, regardless who’s on the ballot I will be voting blue.

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