Sunday, May 18, 2008

Peace & Freedom Party June Primary is Crucial to Party’s Presidential Choice

May 18th, 2008 California holds a primary on June 3 for all office except president. Among the offices at stake in the Peace & Freedom Party primary are contests for county central committee. The PFP presidential primary in February was merely a “beauty contest” with no binding results. The truly meaningful presidential primary is the June event, because the county central committee members will collectively comprise the state central committee, and the state central committee will choose the party’s presidential nominee at a state convention in August. The process is somewhat burdensome to Peace & Freedom Party rank-and-file members, because the ballot just lists the candidates for county central committee. Some of the candidates support Gloria La Riva, some support Cynthia McKinney, some support Brian Moore, some support Ralph Nader. But the ballot doesn’t show these preferences. In addition, there are a fair number of write-in candidates for county central committee, and many voters won’t know anything about the write-in candidates, even though each California polling place will have a list of the declared write-in candidates for all offices, including party office.

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