I’ve long refused to officially declare a party affiliation, if not primarily in protest to how ludicrous and homogeneous the two-party American political system is.
Now that I am completely comfortable with my choice for 2008, I finally went ahead and investigated whether or not “decline-to-state” voters can participate in California’s Feburary 5 Democratic primary. (Decline-to-state voters comprise nearly one-fifth of the state’s registered voters.) To my relief, a Google search led me to the following:
California Democrats have a different view of the proposed Feb. 5, 2008, presidential primary. Decline-to-state voters can simply request a Democratic ballot, either by mail or at the polls, and have their choice recorded alongside those of the party regulars.
On the contrary, the state Republican party will only accept votes from declared Republican voters.
The full video of his “fireside chat” with CEO Eric Schmidt at the Googleplex this week is now up (posted below). In addition to unveiling his vision and presidential policy for the future of technology and the Internet, it seems he really won over the room… see the account of Andrew McLaughlin, Google’s Public Policy and Gov’t Affairs lead.