This week's letters respond to the question of whether Pennsylvania should move its presidential primary from April 22 to early February.
I am astounded that the Pennsylvania legislature has not taken the same tack as so many other states to make its primary election relevant by moving it to the front of the pack. Our legislature and election officials have proved themselves to be incompetent by not doing the same. What seems most appalling are the two primary reasons I have heard for Pennsylvania's not budging: Voters won't turn out in February, and we cannot pull it together in time. What poppycock!
Voting so late in the process will make Pennsylvanians' votes essentially worthless; the game will already be over. For this reason alone, voter apathy will reach an all-time high for such an election, and turnout will be at an all-time low. And I find it confounding that so many other states have figured out how to move up their elections, yet this is beyond us Pennsylvanians? Pox on the Pennsylvania crew for not affording its voters the same relevancy.
This may be the first election I don't vote in, since my vote was "nullified" long ago by a bunch of incompetents in Harrisburg.
It causes me distress to know that Pennsylvania has no voice in choosing a presidential candidate the way things stand now.
To correct that, I am ready to go to the polls to make my voice heard any time we need to - in February or earlier, if need be. Would doing so make the current selection process even crazier than it is already? Absolutely. However, it seems that that is exactly what will have to happen before some sort of sane nationwide system replaces the current process.
I consider myself a Federalist, one in favor of letting the states decide as many questions as possible. I'm ready to concede defeat on the question of presidential primaries, though. I guess this really is a federal issue in which Congress will need to step in and give us a system of presidential preferences in which all states have an equal and timely voice.