Tide is right for party surfing

Just a ballot request at the polls is all that is needed

More voters are switching political parties this election cycle.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Changing a party affiliation is not a difficult task and one that may be happening more this election cycle. According to CBS News, nearly 50,000 registered Democrats in Pennsylvania alone have switched to the Republican Party and as many as 20,000 Democrats in Massachusetts have made the same move in their state.

According to election officials at the Mahoning County Board of Elections, all a voter has to do to change party affiliation is ask for that party’s ballot at their polling station. It doesn’t matter which party the voter is registered. However, if they want to revert back to their original registered party, a trip to a the board of elections is needed before the next election.

“Using the computer system has really helped with a lot of the paper work that we used to have to do. So now, it’s all automatic what we put in here automatically does down.,” said Theresa Breen, poll worker.

Yale University professor Costas Panagopoulos told CBS News there is evidence more voters are switching.

“It’s unclear whether voters are switching parties to vote sincerely or to vote strategically, but we do see evidence that they’re switching,” Panagopoulos said.

Another report cited by CBS News found that 1,000 blue-collar Democrats in Mahoning County have switched to being Republicans. A spokesman, however, for the department of state said Ohio won’t have updated statistics on party affiliation changes until after the results come in from the state’s winner-take-all primary on Tuesday.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s