That's roughly 30 percent D, 33 percent R, and 37 percent I. (By the way, these numbers are published every day on the Pinal County Recorder's website.)
More significantly, the overall trend is to Independent, especially for young people registering for the first time. I've heard a lot of different reasons for this. The two most frequent things people say are "It doesn't matter, they're all the same." and "I don't vote for the party, I vote for the person." Neither of those statements makes any sense to me. I do suspect it's become a kind of status symbol, as if there's some sort of intellectual cashe connected with calling yourself an Independent.
I'm a partisan person. When I meet someone, if I know that he is a Democrat, I know that he probably shares my view of the world, my understanding of the role of government, and my value system - not that I expect we would agree on every single issue, but that we generally are on the same page. If I know that he is a Republican, I know that we probably share very little in terms of beliefs and values. But if I meet an Independent, I have no way to judge. So I'm asking all the Independents out there.........please tell me what you believe in!
I want to know what you stand for, or if you don't stand for anything at all. I am seriously looking for knowledge here. Can you help?