To vote in a primary election in Michigan it is necessary for one to declare their party affiliation. However there are people that do not feel they are aligned with either of the two major political parties that hold primaries. These people register to vote but do not declare any party affiliation. They are known as “independents”.
Merriam-Webster defines them as “not bound by or committed to a political party”. This explains why both political parties covet their votes. There are enough independents that, if engaged to a campaign, can swing the elections. Others will shy away from wooing the independents out of fear they will gain their votes while losing their core constituents.
Typically an independent will say they vote for the person. This viewpoint allows them to have any degree of political activity without having to align with a party across all issues. This view allows them to later deny any responsibility when their candidate takes viewpoints different from their own beliefs.
This is part of a series of Detroit’s political views is taken by permission from the “Political Cultures” section of the educational website getmaximpact.com with locally relevant additions by your Detroit political buzz examiner.
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