Thanks to Donna Richards and Jackie C. for their responses to my post about Independent (undeclared) voters. Let me make clear that my principal point is not that Independent voters should be excluded from the primary process, but rather my belief that we would be better off if more of them chose a party and worked to make it more reflective of their own views. I agree with many of the points Donna raised in her rebuttal to my post.
The question, it seems to me, is do we, or do we not, believe in the two-party system? It appears that some 40% of N.H. voters do not. That to me is not a good omen. What if the number grows, as it has been growing, to 60% or more? What would be the implications?
Our high number of Independent voters, who we allow to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primaries, provide just one more argument for those who claim N.H. is not a representative state, and should not retain it's first in the nation privileges.