My take: Thoughts on the closed primary system in NYS

Cady Kuzmich/Gazette Reporter
Diane Payette of Clifton Park discussed New York's closed primary system with Your Clifton Park outside the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Tuesday April 19, 2016.Cady Kuzmich/Gazette Reporter Diane Payette of Clifton Park discussed New York's closed primary system with Your Clifton Park outside the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Tuesday April 19, 2016.

By Cady Kuzmich
Gazette Reporter

 

Clifton Park — As New Yorkers cast their ballots on the state’s primary day Tuesday April 19, we walked around Clifton Park to ask how people felt about the state’s closed primary system which doesn’t allow independents to vote for democratic or republican candidates.

 

 

Cady Kuzmich/Gazette Reporter Diane Payette of Clifton Park discussed New York's closed primary system with Your Clifton Park outside the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Tuesday April 19, 2016.

Cady Kuzmich/Gazette Reporter
Diane Payette of Clifton Park discussed New York’s closed primary system with Your Clifton Park outside the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Tuesday April 19, 2016.

“I think it’s bad. We’re registered voters but not in a primary. I think we’re probably going to have to choose a party because we eliminate ourselves from the process [as independents.] New York state is New York state. If we didn’t have the Adirondacks and the wonderful children I work with, we’d be out of here.”
-Diane Payette, 68, of Clifton Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Cady Kuzmich/Gazette Reporter Caitlind Tuller of Saratoga discussed New York's closed primary system with Your Clifton Park outside Panera in Clifton Park Tuesday April 19, 2016.

Cady Kuzmich/Gazette Reporter
Caitlind Tuller of Saratoga discussed New York’s closed primary system with Your Clifton Park outside Panera in Clifton Park Tuesday April 19, 2016.

“I think it shelters people from being able to voice their own opinion. I don’t agree with it.”
-Caitlind Tuller, 24, of Saratoga Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cady Kuzmich/Gazette Reporter Jackie Davis of Saratoga discussed New York's closed primary system with Your Clifton Park outside Panera in Clifton Park Tuesday April 19, 2016.

Cady Kuzmich/Gazette Reporter
Jackie Davis of Saratoga discussed New York’s closed primary system with Your Clifton Park outside Panera in Clifton Park Tuesday April 19, 2016.

“I don’t agree with it. I think it’s preventing people from expressing their true opinion.”
-Jackie Davis, 21, of Saratoga Springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“ I don’t think it’s a good idea because independents do vote for republicans and democrats most of the time. A closed primary isn’t getting to the majority of the population.”
-Gabrielle Bloise, 17, of Clifton Park