On May 13, 2014, Primary Day in West Virginia, I drove to my polling place at the middle school in west Elkins to vote.
There were certain Republican and Democratic candidates I wanted to vote for. However, I was told that I had to choose either the Republican or Democratic ballot. I left without voting.
On reflection I have become a first class tax-paying citizen and a second-class voter while supporting a tax-funded primary system designed to support private parties to the detriment of an independent electorate.
West Virginia needs fundamental electoral changes including, but not limited to, nonpartisan elections, term limits, a unicameral legislature, the initiative, referendum, recall and other changes to make the voting process more democratic.
Elections should be the voices of the people - not the place settings of career politicians.