I recently registered as unaffiliated since I am dissatisfied with the Dems. However, I would have liked to register for other political parties as well. Right now, one can only register for one party and one party only. What if someone could register for multiple parties? Imagine a person who registered to be a Democrat and a Republican or a Constitution party member and a Libertarian. This registration could be simultaneous or added over time.
You may ask why multiparty registration would be needed. Well, our electoral system is closed to expanding idea. Along with repealing laws that create a closed primary election in Maryland, among other places, this could be a significant reform. Being pinned into one party is a limiting factor and goes against the Supreme Law of the land and more. The 1st amendment gives one “freedom of speech,” the 5th and 14th amendments declare that one will not be deprived of “life, liberty and property without the due process of law.” Each of these amendments proves that one’s rights are being infringed if multiparty registration is not adopted. This idea has not been thought up by the Founders or proved in court, but it doesn’t have to as anyone can have a different interpretation of the Constitution. There is no “right” way of interpreting the Constitution.
My idea is that a person can be registered to any unlimited amount of political parties. This would a wide latitude of thought for the electorate. Still, if a voter wishes to declare their allegiance to a party (or parties) they could do so. If they don’t want to, they shouldn’t have to. This idea of multiparty registration would only apply to voting itself, not outside of it. Registration to the parties themselves and paying dues is a whole different matter. If a voter wishes to declare their allegiance to a party (or parties) they could do so. If they don’t want to, they shouldn’t have to. I hope that this idea will open up an expanse of new idea, maybe even encouraging more people to vote and register to vote in elections.