I volunteered to be a poll worker during the last election in California, when the presidential primaries, judge and senate seats, and several state measures were on the ballot. Because there were presidential primaries on the ballot, we had to check each voter’s party affiliation and give them the correct ballot for their party. Two of my neighbors came in, and when I checked their registration, both were registered as Republicans. When I informed them of this fact, they flipped out. You see, not only are they staunch lefties, they have never registered as Republicans in their lives.
I mention this because several of my friends, all lifelong registered Democrats, have begun receiving snail mail from the Republican National Committee recently. This is exactly what happened to my neighbors – they began receiving mail from the RNC unexpectedly, but just chalked it up to being on the wrong mailing list somewhere. Turns out their party affiliation had been changed without their knowledge or consent.
They don’t know how this happened – maybe they signed a petition that also changed voter registration, or maybe it was just a mistake. However, I don’t think this was a simple coincidence, since it happened to two different people. Now, since other friends have started receiving mail from the RNC, I worry that the same thing has happened to them.
If this bothers you, I urge you to check your party affiliation when you go to the polls during the next election. I don’t know if there is any other way to check, but if you want to make sure that your affiliation is correct for any future primary elections, you should verify that you’re registered with the correct party. If you’re not, you can simply re-register with the correct party affiliation.
And if this has happened to anyone else, speak up! People should be made aware that their party affiliation can be changed without their consent.