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Who Can Vote In The Texas Democratic Primary?—Any Registered Texan!!

(Update 2/15/2010—Just as in 2008, any registered voter can vote in either the 2010 Democratic primary or the 2010 Republican primary. You just have to have been registered one month before the March 2 primary election date. )

This morning I got a question from a Texas Liberal reader about who can vote in the Texas Democratic primary.

This is what the people want to know–Who can vote in the Democratic primary in Texas so that we can have a better Texas and a better America?

Here’s the question that was asked on the blog —

“My husband is registered as an independent but usually votes democratic. He wants to vote in the march 4 primary as a Democrat what must he do?”—Reita A. Troum

Ms. Troum–Not to worry. Any registered Texan can go to the polls and take the party ballot of their choice on Election Day or during early voting. You just have to been registered at least one month before the March 4 Primary Day.

The above picture is of downtown Mineral Wells, Texas.  This community is located in Parker County. Mineral Wells is just one place of the many in Texas where any registered voter can take either party ballot on Primary Day.

Here is the explanation from the office of the Texas Secretary of State

“If you are a registered voter in the state of Texas, you will simply choose your party and vote in that party’s primary.  To explain, we do not register by party in Texas.  One becomes “affiliated” with a party by voting in a party’s primary and the affiliation lasts for that primary year.  As an example, if a voter voted in the March 2006 primary or April 2006 runoff primary, the voter affiliated with that party for the rest of that year, but on December 31, 2006 the affiliation expired.  The affiliation means that the person may not vote in another party’s primary or participate in another party’s convention or sign an independent candidate’s petition for place on the ballot if the independent candidate’s position appears on the primary ballot.  Note that in the general election in November, a voter may vote for whomever he/she wishes, regardless of how or whether he/she voted in the primary or runoff primary election, since all candidates are on the same ballot.”

This blog supports Barack Obama for President. I feel that hope and imagination are at the core of politics. If we can’t imagine a better future, I don’t believe we can take the needed practical steps to achieve a better future. Policy experts can be hired. The inspiration and energy to enact new policies comes only at certain times and from certain leaders. I feel that Senator Obama in 2008 is the right person at the right time for a better America.

Here is the link for the Barack Obama campaign in Texas.

Here is a post on the caucus to be held by Democrats after the polls have closed.

Texas Liberal is leading the way in political history blogging in 2008.

February 18, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics, Texas, Texas Primary '08 | , , , , , , ,


  1. How can you be so stupid as to support a Muslim to be the President of the United States. Does anyone remember September 11th?

    Comment by Lindsay | February 20, 2008

  2. Who is stupid? Lindsay is obviously “ignorant”. Barack Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim. The scare tactic that he is a Muslim is a smear campaign spread by those who don’t want to see him elected president, including the Clinton campaign which at one point sent an email describing Obama as a Muslim.

    While growing up Obama lived for a period in Indonesia. Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world and the fact that he happened to go to a school that was a Muslim school is not a surprising thing.

    I understand that Obama actually grew up in a family that did not profess any religious adherence at all, but he became a Christian later in life.

    Profession of any particular faith is not a requirement for running for the office of the President. All Muslims are not terrorists, and neither are all Christians good people.

    Comment by John C | February 20, 2008

  3. John C–You covered the subject well. Thank you.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 21, 2008

  4. To add on to John C’s comment, Obama attended both Muslim and Catholic schools while in Indonesia.

    Snopes.com dispells the many myths in the e-mail so many of us have received regarding Obama and Islam in the last year. Paste the following URL in your browser for more information.

    Comment by Mary | February 21, 2008

  5. I think the wholesale propaganda has blinded a lot of people to some facts during this election. Here’s a few..

    “The problem isn’t whether Obama has converted to Christianity or not.

    Islam does not permit Muslims to convert. The penalty for renouncing Islam (apostasy) is death.

    Obama did not have a choice. He was born to a Muslim father. In Islamic law, he is a Muslim. His father may have “renounced” Islam, but Islam regards that as apostasy,

    Islam is not like Christianity, which requires a person to commit him/herself to Christ, in order to be admitted to membership of the Church.

    Similarly, Islam does not recognize secular laws, so that our right to freedom of religion (or none) does not excuse someone who renounces Islam.”

    It doesn’t matter what Obama believes..a huge chunk of the world’s population considers him Muslim. If a person’s father was a Jew, they are considered a Jew also, no matter what they believe. If they convert, then they are a “converted christian, or muslim, etc. If Obama “renounces” his muslim faith the penalty is death whether he ever practiced as a muslim or not.

    Comment by Michael | February 22, 2008

  6. Michael—Obama is not a Muslim.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 22, 2008

  7. “blinded a lot of people to some facts”

    “Michael—Obama is not a Muslim.”

    second statement seems to prove the first statement..

    a hard to understand fact..”Obama did not have a choice. He was born to a Muslim father. In Islamic law, he is a Muslim”

    We can both swear he is not a Muslim till doomsday, but The Muslims will still recognize him as one of them. I actually agree with you..but it makes no difference.

    here’s a quote..

    “National and International Muslim American Leader Imam W.D. Mohammed endorsed Sen. Barack Obama saying “He is the best candidate for the Presidency.”


    Comment by Michael | February 22, 2008

  8. Michael-you are incorrect about Judaism. It is the mother that determines the faith. But that’s really just a detail because we’re talking about FAITH. Muslim law does not govern anyone other than Muslims. Jewish law does not govern anyone other than Jews. If Obama chooses to be Muslim, then Muslim law states that he is unequivocally a Muslim because of his father. If he chooses not to accept Muslim faith, then Muslim law cannot force him to do so because he does not accept that faith.

    Comment by D Smart | February 22, 2008

  9. I’ll take your word on Judism, I’m totally ignorant there and was using it as an example. While Barack Obama may not choose to be a Muslim, my point is that many(maybe even millions) will still consider him Muslim. This could be a good thing in foreign relations, but cannot be ignored as it seems to be. If Ms. Clinton’s official .gov page is headed “Hillary Rodham Clinton”, but the mere mention of Barack Hussein Obama’s middle name sparks a flurry of reactions then I think it must be addressed. I shudder to think of a bunch of right wing uber-conservatives rubbing their hands together in glee, waiting to start a smear campaign against Obama. They are already refering to him as “Obama Bin Laden”, this will be an issue. I will vote for Hillary or Barack running against McCain, with his “100 more years in Iraq” stance.

    Comment by Michael | February 22, 2008

  10. Michael, It’s curious that you would use Judaism if you acknowledge that you’re “totally ignorant” on the subject. Barack Obama, just the same as any American, has the freedom to choose his religion and to be identified as a member or non-member of any religious group. Culture does not determine faith. When you speak of someone who is “born Muslim” and cannot escape that denotation. Your concern with what some people in the rest of the world will assume out of ignorance and prejudice is misplaced. Obama, just like you, has the right to prove himself a capable and independent thinker. What you are born is not what you become. Those who have lived long and deep enough to understand this have a duty to fight ignorance in others, not promote it with uninformed generalizations.

    And by the way, Muslims do not consider Obama a Muslim simply because he was born to a Muslim family. Muslims consider all human beings to be Muslims at birth because they are created by God. Yes, even Hillary Clinton, and she’s just as much an apostate as Obama. For further informative reading, please visit: http://www.themodernreligion.com/convert/islam_conversion_main.htm

    Comment by Heather | February 22, 2008

  11. Why does it matter anyway what faith this guy is? We could sit around and argue about it all day but when it comes down to it what we should most be interested in is a candidate who is strong enough to carry America into the future. Is it Obama? Is it Hiliary? Is it McCain or Huckabee? This all depends on you personally but above all, you must make decisions intelligently. For instance, choosing not to vote for Obama because of his religious orientation is completely ridiculous, but choosing not to vote for him because you personally dont agree with his plan for the withdrawl of troops from Iraq (or any other of his policies for that matter) is valid. Regardless of what personal characteristics he or any other candidate might have you should be choosing based upon how well their policy proposals suit your views of what should happen in America in the future. At this point all of the candidates are almost if not equally qualified whether they are muslim, christian, caucasian, african american, male, female or what have you (or they would not have been elected by the parties to run!) so keep prejudices out of the decision and think about policies proposed and how they will impact on your future and then decide.

    Comment by Rachel | February 22, 2008

  12. Heather & Rachel—Thanks for the comments and for reading the blog.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 23, 2008

  13. “At this point all of the candidates are almost if not equally qualified whether they are muslim, christian, caucasian, african american, male, female or what have you (or they would not have been elected by the parties to run!) so keep prejudices out of the decision and think about policies proposed and how they will impact on your future and then decide.”

    Great of course I was discussing if the candidates are electable or not. I will vote for who I think is best qualified(and not for who has the best publicity or makes cool speeches. BUT sadly being most qualified for the job makes very little difference. My stepfather, 81 yrs old, listens to FOX news and says he won’t vote for a black muslim for president. Oh, and he can’t vote for Hilary either because he’s convinced the country would immediately turn communist if she was elected.
    Stupid, racist, uninformed..but he votes. There are millions like him who also vote. The way things ought to be and the way thinga really are is what has kept Bush in the white house for 8 years. I hope Hilary & Barack join on the same ticket(don’t even care which is pres) so we have a chance of a democrat president again.

    Comment by Michael | February 25, 2008

  14. Thanks for your note about independents being able to vote in the primary. Linked to The Hankster….

    Comment by Nancy Hanks | February 28, 2008

  15. Ms Hanks—Thanks for the link.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 28, 2008

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    Comment by jcbgfq rysgwbta | February 29, 2008

  17. jcbgfq i think you might be a cat that cant spell but likes neils pictures.

    Comment by brady | February 29, 2008

  18. jcbqfq—I enjoy your comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 29, 2008

  19. In regards to the muslim obama comment…. Is all america like Timothy McVeigh? Get a grip You can’t judge a person based on someone else.

    Comment by katrina | March 2, 2008

  20. I agree with Neil and others who appreciate the corrective and informative info of contributors Rachel and Heather.

    Comment by Dan Lewis | March 4, 2008

  21. Lindsey may be a part of the new Rovian whisper campaign, calling progress and liberal talk shows and commenting on blogs with false or misleading information.

    The Dark-side has its vulnerabilities, too. Truth and facts, to name a few.

    Go out and give it to them.

    Comment by A. Pig | March 4, 2008

  22. Thanks for these last three comments.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 4, 2008

  23. January 11, 2012
    It is obvious now that America was in the surplus of easily deluded citizens in 2008 all hoping for some unspecified goal and morphing to some vaguely defined change. It is often said that one can not fool a man unless he insists on being fooled.

    Comment by Steve | January 11, 2012

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