One of the major problems with American elections is that those who vote don’t always know where the candidates they’re voting for stand on the issues. This is especially true in the Primary elections because there are so many candidates to choose from. Election rhetoric is so complicated that candidates refuse to be nailed down on a position lest they lose their base or are seen as politically incorrect, making it more difficult to choose the candidate whose positions mirror yours.
Those who DO know about all of the candidates should be able to vote in ANY party primary (though I wonder how far President Bush would have gone with these rules). Allowing only party memebers to choose the people who may be running our country is extremely limiting. Many people feel so disenfranchised with the American system when they candidate they didn’t vote for wins because they didn’t have a hand in choosing that candidate.