Libertarian Party

Closed primaries don't deny independents their right to vote

Commentator David Bittle decried how as an independent voter he was denied the opportunity to cast a ballot in Maryland's primary election this year ("Independent voters have a voice, too," June 14).

Nothing could be further from the truth. He chose to exclude himself from the primary process by declaring his independent status.

The primary election allows members of political parties to select candidates to run in the general election. Why would an independent voter, who decides not to affiliate with a political party, demand the right to choose who that party...