One of many currently unanswered questions on the minds of voters’, possible candidates, and county chairs of political parties across Pennsylvania at the time of this writing is “will we be having two separate primaries this year?”
The Cost To Pennsylvania Tax Payers
Each election cycle costs taxpayers approximately 20 million dollars. That’s $20,000,000. That’s every single election. That’s 40 million dollars ($40,000,000) each and every year including one primary. Again, that is every resident of Pennsylvania’s tax dollars; drawn off at the county level of government.
What A Primary Actually Is
Primaries are advertising. The “spring elections” are nothing more than propaganda supporting the failing two party system. Primaries are the unequal promotion of only two parties at the cost of twenty million dollars a year to ALL Pennsylvania residents. A bill everyone is forced to pay regardless of their political ideologies or associations.
Doesn’t The Primary Determine who Runs in the General Election?
No. That is the falsehood that is drilled into every child that has passed through the public propaganda school system. The real story is every party (major and minor) chooses whom to endorse well before the primary. That is not the speculation of a “hater’ from a minor political party. Just this past weekend the Republican Party met to vote on endorsing candidates before the primary elections again this year; as they have done many times before. The Democrats do no different. Do your own research.
All parties decide through internal process who they will run as candidates in the General Elections (that’s the Fall/November elections folks). The only difference is the minor parties don’t deceive the public of this and do not cost the Pennsylvania taxpayer twenty million dollars every year maintaining that deception. Still happy to support the two parties that “wrote the book” on election law; decidedly in their favor and at the taxpayer’s expense? Still think you shouldn’t register minor party or independent because you “need” to vote in the primary elections? Do you still think we even need a primary election, the lies, and the associated costs?
While I am setting some records straight I would also like to point out that the term “third party” has no legal definition in Pennsylvania and is only perpetuated through negligence and pro “two-party” propaganda. Parties in Pennsylvania law are divided between minor party and major party designations. Next time you read an article in your favorite local rag that makes reference to third parties (if they bother to mention them at all) please take note that the reporter is either negligent and lazy or intentionally perpetuating that misnomer.
York County Libertarian Party