Why do the US voter registration forms ask to know your political party?

i.e. What difference does it make to them, what do they do with that info?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    So you can vote in closed primaries.

    If you don't state a party, then you can only vote on general ballots and in open primaries.

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  • Cathy
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Because only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican Primary. Same for the Democratic Primary. The winners of their respective Party Primaries face off in the general election. This way, Democrats can't all vote for the worst Republican, and and vice versa, to make their candidate easier to elect.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Give you a registration card with your party preference.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    So they know which primary ballot to give you in primary elections, Republican or Democrat

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  • 1 decade ago

    Identification for primary elections.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    so you can vote in the right primaries all though that didn't work this year Dem's voted McCain in and repubs tried to vote Hillary in

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  • 1 decade ago

    it makes you a member of the party

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  • 1 decade ago

    In my area the democrats get to vote within walking distance. I have to drive to the next town. My belief would be so they can discriminate.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you have a closed primary they know which ballot to give you.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    To track the number of Dems/Repubs/Indep in each precinct.

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