As we all know, the web is full of misinformation especially in regards to political matters. Allow me to correct one mistake that is being repeated on numerous sites all over the internet – North Carolina is not an open primary. What does that mean?

It means that registered Republicans cannot vote in the Democratic Primary. As a matter of fact, the last day to change your registration was on April 11. Therefore, Rush Limbaugh’s operation chaos will not work in North Carolina. However, North Carolina does have a semi-open primary meaning that independents can vote in either the Democratic or Republican Primary. Currently North Carolina has 2.6 million registered Democrats, 1.9 million registered Republicans and 1.2 million non-partisans. I am somewhat surprised by this since I would have thought that Republicans outnumbered Democrats in North Carolina. Did several hundred thousand Republicans re-register as Democrats prior to April 11 in anticipation of the upcoming Democratic primary? I highly doubt that.

Anyway, this bodes well for Barack Obama since he won’t have to worry about Republicans “gumming” up the works for him in North Carolina. As a Republican, it concerns me greatly that registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by such a large margin.

NC Board of Elections Web Site