I’m registered Independent and could vote in my former party’s primary, but that seems like a lot of work to pick the person who will extend the Democratic Party’s string of electoral losses in Oklahoma to thirteen straight.
I can’t remember the last time my vote in a presidential primary still theoretically made a difference; I came of voting age in California when it still chose its delegates for both parties’ conventions in June. Alaska didn’t have a primary or caucus system in 1996, and the nominations were either essentially settled, or any candidate I could genuinely support was already out of the race, before Georgia got its say in 2000, 2008 or 2012.
Now if only the candidate I voted for would at least win the primary in the state where I voted.
The decent thing to do, in this election, is to write in someone unelectable but adhering to your principles.
I’m going to vote for Gary Johnson.
The only refuge that remains us in difficult times is self-respect.