LETTERS: Don't switch your party just to vote in the primary — it's unethical

'While switching parties in not illegal, it lacks good ethics and morals,' one writer says.

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  • | 2:20 p.m. June 7, 2022
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How can we trust elections when party-switchers game the system?

Dear Editor:

A letter in last week's Observer made it quite clear why there are many who question the integrity of our election system.  The writer was praising those (including himself) for temporarily switching political party affiliation to ensure that they could skew the outcome of their rival party's selection. Afterward, they switch back to their true party of choice.

Of course, this is not illegal. However, it makes me wonder when there are some who are gaming the system on a basic level, how are we to trust that there are not others that won’t partake in more advanced deceptions or manipulations?

John Slattery

Palm Coast


Switching parties to interfere in primaries is shameful

Dear Editor:

I read with amazement recently about two readers admitting (in letters to the editor) that they intentionally temporarily change their political registration from Democrat to Republican in order to "play" the system. 

We know about unethical things occurred during the 2020 election, and many of us have lost trust in our elections. To see statements like this blatantly describing the game they are playing to ensure their candidate wins is disgusting and only confirms the distrust so many people have in our elections. 

As this may not be against any current election rule, it is something that should definitely be looked into. This is simply playing with the system and should not be allowed. As Americans, we should all stay in our lanes, put our best candidates out there and let the chips fall where they may. I believe this is being publicized to encourage other Democrats to do the same thing. Shameful!

Kathy Robison

Palm Coast


It might not be illegal to switch parties, but it's unethical

Dear Editor:

I am shocked, dismayed and disappointed at the actions taken by John Brady and David Cox in their switching parties to vote in the upcoming primary election. There may be nothing illegal in what they did; however, I believe it to be grossly unethical. If Mr. Brady and Mr. Cox cannot achieve their goals through the support of their own political party, they should let well enough alone and allow the election system to work without their skewing the system by jumping from one party to another.

Mr. Cox goes on to list three events that greatly disturbed him, one of which is the Jan. 6 riot. I, too, was disturbed by all the events he listed; however, I was more disturbed and truly feared for the survival of our democracy when I witnessed the large number of riots, burnings, injuries and destruction that were instigated by the “far left” not the “far right,” in the days following the election of Mr. Trump. 

I can only hope that as Mr. Cox and Mr. Brady witness the continuing collapse of our economic, social, legislative and legal systems they will realize that permanently changing their allegiance to the Republican Party not only is a good idea but also the “right” thing to do.

Douglass Wood

Palm Coast 


Party-switching: typical Democratic behavior

Dear Editor:

I don't mean to come off poorly, but this, in my humble opinion, is typical Democratic behavior. If you can't win honestly, then cheat. 

The voting rules were set up to allow the Republicans to vote for their candidate and for the Democratic to vote for their candidate. This was all agreed upon by both parties, but when one party does not get their way, they start looking for ways to get around the rules. While switching parties in not illegal, it lacks good ethics and morals.   

Here is the problem. We are supposed to vote for the candidate, not the party. The solution is not to try to work around the system but to develop a candidate who is appealing to everyone — Democrat and Republican.  

I hate the title of being a Democrat or a Republican. I am an American. Hence, I vote for the candidate whom I think can lead our county, state, country in the best possible manner. We have forgotten what is important. Vote for the candidate, not the party.   

Trump was not your choice, obviously, but can you deny the success our country had under his leadership?

Dean Senecal

Palm Coast


Is Palm Coast still a quiet, clean city?

Dear Editor:

It's Sunday afternoon. Grab the kids and wife, and let's take an afternoon drive around Palm Coast. Everybody says Palm Coast is a "beautiful, clean and quiet town." Wait, we must have made a wrong turn. There are sofas, bedroom furniture and all kinds of junk in the driveways of several homes. Some homes must be abandoned as shrubs are as high as the front windows, grass has seeded by not being cut, and trash cans, boxes, and recycled bins are lined across the driveways. We must turn around; we are lost. Beautiful Palm Coast is certainly not these neighborhoods.

Iris Gill

Palm Coast



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