A suspicious number of Republicans have switched parties in the run-up to September’s special election primary for Congressional District 1. From the ProJo:
In the 60 days leading up to the Aug. 6 deadline for potential primary voters to switch their party affiliations, nearly 500 voters in Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District switched from Republican to “unaffiliated.”
Given the Republican party’s nationwide assault on the democratic voting process, voters can be forgiven for finding this activity extremely suspicious. I suppose there could have been a few registered Republicans who had grown weary of the extremism.
The danger is that the Democrats have twelve candidates in the race, dividing the vote in what could be a close election. I would urge some of the these candidates to drop out for the sake of the party and the sake of the country.
Staff writer Katherine Gregg notes:
An ad campaign by the conservative, GOP-leaning R.I. Center for Freedom & Prosperity openly encouraged Republicans to disaffiliate so they could jump into the Democratic primary to potentially swing the vote away “from one of the radically-woke front-runners.”
(This is why we need local newspapers.)
The time for switching party affiliations ended on August 6th. The article notes that a number of Democrats also took the opportunity to switch to “disaffiliated” for which no one has provided an explanation.
Just make sure you vote on September 5th (or early voting going on now, here at Providence City Hall).