Using primary races to manipulate elections

Monday was the last day for St Johns County citizens to register to vote in the upcoming August elections; and, it was the last day for registered voters to change their party affiliation before the Primary.

Primary elections allow the Democrats and Republicans an opportunity to select, by majority vote, the “best candidate” from their party to go on to face the “best candidate” chosen by the opposing party in the General Election.

In order for that centuries-old process to work, it presumes that only Democrats cast a ballot to determine the best Democrat to appear on the November ballot; likewise for the Republicans.

Unlike the Primary elections, the General Election is open to all registered voters. Regardless of party affiliation, everyone gets to vote. No one is “disenfranchised” — a word that politicos throw around when things don’t go their way.

Every two years, and again this year, Democrats in St Johns County are being peddled the idea that they are somehow being “disenfranchised” from the Primary Election. Nothing could be further from the truth; and, claiming so only betrays ignorance of the Primary Election process or exposes a desire to manipulate the outcome of the election.

Democrats are never supposed to vote in a Republican primary any more than Republicans are supposed to vote in a Democratic primary. Democrats could vote on August 14 — if two or more candidates from the Democrat Party would run for office. As it is, at least in St Johns County, that is rarely seen.

This year, two would-be political manipulators, Philip McDaniel, of Cultural Council fame, and Clara Cowan, of Ponte Vedra Beach, used the St Augustine Record to broadcast impassioned pleas to Democrat voters — hoping that their readers will be more sympathetic to Joseph (Ken) Bryan, a Democrat running as a Republican, than to their own civic responsibility as good citizens to participate in legitimate elections.

Despite a July 8 letter from McDaniel, who has a financial interest in campaign contributions to the Ken Bryan campaign, followed by a July 9 letter from Cowan, who also has a financial interest in campaign contributions to the Ken Bryan campaign, there was no extraordinary exodus from the Democratic Party before the July 16 deadline.

As of the close of business Friday, there are still 38,378 Democrats registered to vote — many of whom are now questioning the trustworthiness of Bryan who abandoned the Democratic Party only days after losing in the 2006 election as a Democrat.

In fact, according to records on file with the Supervisor of Elections, only two hundred twenty (220) voters changed their affiliation to Republican between July 1 and July 19.

These are the voters who did:

2000 Adams, Sandra J Saint Johns 1947 WHITE
2012 Adler, Barbara T Ponte Vedra Beach 1939 WHITE
2012 Adler, David G Ponte Vedra Beach 1933 WHITE
1999 Anderson, David L St Augustine 1939 WHITE
1999 Anderson, Linda A St Augustine 1939 WHITE
1994 Armstrong, Marianne St Augustine 1963 WHITE
2010 Arnold, Jarrod C St Augustine 1987 WHITE
1990 Babineau, Danielle J St Augustine 1972 WHITE
1974 Barasch, Nettie St Augustine 1919 WHITE
2011 Barbee, Benjamin F St Augustine 1982 WHITE
1984 Baringer, Dudley A St Augustine 1955 WHITE
2003 Barkley, William L Ponte Vedra Beach 1957 WHITE
2004 Barnes, Amy Saint Johns 1938 WHITE
2012 Beck, Monica G Ponte Vedra Beach 1954 WHITE
2001 Benefield, Terry A St Augustine 1959 WHITE
2004 Benton, John M St Augustine 1970 WHITE
1998 Bledsoe, Tommy R St Augustine 1945 WHITE
1970 Boles Jr, Joseph L St Augustine 1952 WHITE
2003 Bomser, David S St Augustine 1966 WHITE
2002 Braden, Thomas J Saint Johns 1968 OTHER
2001 Bratos, Mary M Saint Johns 1955 WHITE
2005 Brickhouse, Marie-Therese Saint Johns 1964 WHITE
2011 Brooks, Lauren N St Augustine 1987 WHITE
2009 Bruce, Michael C Saint Johns 1974 WHITE
1992 Bryce, Carol P Ponte Vedra Beach 1939 WHITE
2000 Buckland, Marilyn C St Augustine 1935 WHITE
1986 Butler, Michael W St Augustine 1949 WHITE
2001 Cappiali, Bonnie R Ponte Vedra Beach 1937 WHITE
2000 Carnicelli-Morat, Gina St Augustine 1959 WHITE
2001 Casella, Jeremy T St Augustine 1975 WHITE
2010 Charvat, Jason P St Augustine 1967 OTHER
2010 Charvat, Liesl St Augustine 1968 WHITE
2002 Chryssaidis, George G St Augustine 1957 WHITE
2010 Ciccarelli, Joseph W Ponte Vedra Beach 1987 WHITE
1988 Ciriello, Mildred L St Augustine 1937 WHITE
1997 Coats, David G St Augustine 1937 WHITE
2005 Coddington, Andrea F Saint Johns 1967 WHITE
2007 Colman-Hersey, Sierra St Augustine 1976 WHITE
2000 Connahey Jr, John J St Augustine 1961 WHITE
2002 Conover, Andrea L Ponte Vedra Beach 1956 WHITE
1998 Cooper, Clifford A St Augustine 1946 WHITE
2000 Couchman, Jane M St Augustine 1958 WHITE
2000 Couchman, Keith R St Augustine 1945 WHITE
1997 Cowling, Angela G Saint Johns 1973 WHITE
1997 Crews, Christine A Saint Johns 1969 WHITE
2004 Crowson, Alex E St Augustine 1971 WHITE
2011 Cummings, Alexandra D St Augustine 1989 WHITE
1985 Daniels, Bette L St Augustine 1942 WHITE
1985 Daniels, Wayne J St Augustine 1941 WHITE
1976 Davis, Bradley K St Augustine 1954 WHITE
1995 Davis, Debbie A Ponte Vedra Beach 1959 WHITE
2009 Davis, Jennifer M Saint Johns 1977 WHITE
2001 Dawd, John S St Augustine 1962 WHITE
1982 DElia, Joy M St Augustine 1952 WHITE
1994 Desaulniers, Thomas B St Augustine 1958 WHITE
1984 DeToledo, Regine B St Augustine 1952 WHITE
1997 Diedrich, Cynthia M St Augustine 1960 OTHER
2007 Dostie, Audrey M St Augustine 1977 WHITE
1984 Drozd, Linda L St Augustine 1959 WHITE
1995 Dunbar, Harold S Saint Johns 1950 WHITE
2004 Dyches, Donald H St Augustine 1968 WHITE
2011 Elrod, Rebekah H St Augustine 1953 WHITE
2005 Esler, Gary W Ponte Vedra Beach 1940 WHITE
2005 Esler, Marie M Ponte Vedra Beach 1940 WHITE
1995 Feder, Bernard Ponte Vedra Beach 1924 WHITE
2003 Federico Jr, Fabian J Ponte Vedra Beach 1942 WHITE
2003 Federico, Diana M Ponte Vedra Beach 1943 WHITE
2010 Fernandez, Manuel F Ponte Vedra Beach 1993 HISP
2006 Flesher, Jane H Saint Johns 1949 WHITE
2005 Flesher, Terry L Saint Johns 1947 WHITE
2009 Foley, Katherine I St Augustine 1993 WHITE
1996 Foley, Thomas St Augustine 1956 OTHER
1995 Foster, Peter C St Augustine 1939 OTHER
1996 Fox, Edith M St Augustine 1962 WHITE
1986 Frederick, John G St Augustine 1949 OTHER
1997 Friederich, Cindy St Augustine 1952 WHITE
2008 Gale, Bridgette N St Augustine 1990 WHITE
2011 Graham, Savannah E St Augustine 1994 WHITE
1978 Greenberg, Rebecca H St Augustine 1945 WHITE
1988 Griffin, Eleanor A Saint Johns 1940 WHITE
1988 Griffin, James W Saint Johns 1934 WHITE
2006 Hamilton, Anna O St Augustine 1987 WHITE
1979 Hamilton, Patrick S St Augustine 1953 WHITE
2005 Hammack, Robert JM St Augustine 1987 WHITE
2009 Hare, Matthew AW St Augustine 1992 WHITE
1995 Hattori Sr, William H Ponte Vedra Beach 1951 ASIAN
2004 Hattori, Muriel G Ponte Vedra Beach 1950 ASIAN
2009 Hersey, Ann B St Augustine 1944 WHITE
2004 Hickey, Rabiah M Ponte Vedra Beach 1972 OTHER
1996 Hillyer, Guy K St Augustine 1955 WHITE
2000 Horne, Lizzie B Ponte Vedra 1919 WHITE
2004 House, Jennifer E Saint Johns 1950 WHITE
1982 Howden, Sandra S St Augustine 1942 WHITE
2005 Hudson, Stephanie R St Augustine 1987 WHITE
2004 Johnson, Betty K St Augustine 1964 WHITE
2012 Johnson, Robert Saint Johns 1943 WHITE
2005 Jolliff, David A Saint Johns 1964 WHITE
1988 Jones, Gail S St Augustine 1953 WHITE
1980 Jones, Mark H St Augustine 1953 WHITE
2008 Jordan, Eric A Ponte Vedra 1972 WHITE
1987 Jung, Donna R St Augustine 1950 WHITE
2004 Katz, Jennifer L Saint Johns 1973 WHITE
2005 Kelly, Julie A St Augustine 1961 WHITE
2003 Kobryn, David M St Augustine 1960 WHITE
2006 Kurtz, Andrew J St Augustine 1983 WHITE
2000 LaMendola, Cynthia A Saint Johns 1972 WHITE
2005 Lee, Jon D Saint Johns 1973 WHITE
2011 Leonard, Derick H St Augustine 1976 ASIAN
1984 Lepecheur, Jean G St Augustine 1950 WHITE
1994 Mandel, Carol A St Augustine 1935 WHITE
1996 Mandel, Wendy G St Augustine 1954 WHITE
1979 Martin, Donald C St Augustine 1949 WHITE
2006 Martin, Rachelle M St Augustine 1981 WHITE
2010 Masson, Brigid L St Augustine 1994 WHITE
2005 Masson, Kara M St Augustine 1987 WHITE
1990 May, Janis W St Augustine 1928 WHITE
1987 Mayfield, Kathy M St Augustine 1962 WHITE
2004 McDaniel, Addi E St Augustine 1985 WHITE
2008 McDaniel, Kit H St Augustine 1988 WHITE
2008 McDaniel, Zoe B St Augustine 1992 WHITE
1998 McDonald, Jeneieve A St Augustine 1955 WHITE
2003 McGee, Elisabeth C St Augustine 1979 WHITE
2002 McGhee, Cheryl A St Augustine 1968 BLACK
2006 McLaughlin, James Saint Johns 1965 WHITE
2006 McLaughlin, Kathleen M Saint Johns 1967 WHITE
2005 Milton, Charles H Ponte Vedra Beach 1935 WHITE
2005 Mirr, Amanda J St Augustine 1958 WHITE
2011 Mixon, Timothy C St Augustine 1980 WHITE
2007 Montero, Daniel P Ponte Vedra Beach 1971 ASIAN
2000 Morat, George L St Augustine 1944 WHITE
2009 Muecke Jr, Charles T St Augustine 1942 WHITE
1996 Neuer, Lorraine H St Augustine 1936 WHITE
1986 Newman, Christine L St Augustine 1953 WHITE
1976 Oakes, Catherine A St Augustine 1950 WHITE
2007 OGrady, Carolyn F Saint Johns 1955 WHITE
2009 ONeill, Thomas J St Augustine 1979 WHITE
2000 Orantes, Cesar P Saint Johns 1952 HISP
2005 Pan, Karen E Saint Johns 1983 WHITE
2004 Pan, Robert K Saint Johns 1981 ASIAN
2001 Parker III, John T Saint Johns 1959 OTHER
2000 Parkinson, Richard J Ponte Vedra 1972 WHITE
2006 Parrales, Elkin S St Augustine 1978 HISP
2004 Parrish, Ross E Saint Johns 1952 WHITE
2008 Paytas, Raymond C St Augustine 1991 WHITE
1978 Phelps, Sandra J St Augustine 1940 WHITE
1997 Pietrzak, Marcia J St Augustine 1939 WHITE
2007 Pigman, David C Saint Johns 1974 WHITE
2000 Pittman, Terry D St Augustine 1972 WHITE
2004 Pitts, Brianne L Saint Johns 1980 HISP
2001 Pohle Jr, Robert W St Augustine 1949 WHITE
1995 Povia, Linda J Elkton 1959 WHITE
1994 Powell, Helen K St Augustine 1938 WHITE
2010 Pressly, Daniel J St Augustine 1942 WHITE
1993 Pross, Gerry A St Augustine 1930 WHITE
2000 Ricci, Kathleen A Ponte Vedra Beach 1958 WHITE
2007 Roberts, Bradley J St Augustine 1979 WHITE
1999 Rodriguez, Barbara T Saint Johns 1957 WHITE
2008 Romero, Cesci N Ponte Vedra Beach 1988 HISP
2007 Ross, Rose M St Augustine 1964 BLACK
2003 Rumrell, Arline M Elkton 1926 WHITE
1992 Russell, Denise M Ponte Vedra Beach 1956 WHITE
1988 Saddler, Linda B St Augustine 1946 WHITE
2011 Scales, Michaela B St Augustine 1993 WHITE
1990 Schendorf, Beverly A St Augustine 1936 WHITE
1990 Schendorf, Robert A St Augustine 1930 WHITE
1996 Schirmacher Sr, Andrew P St Augustine 1944 WHITE
1996 Schirmacher, Kathryn A St Augustine 1947 WHITE
2005 Schlueter, Michael C St Augustine 1962 WHITE
2008 Schoning, Carol J St Augustine 1941 WHITE
2010 Seaman, Mary B St Augustine 1967 WHITE
1998 Selinger, Karen F Ponte Vedra Beach 1957 WHITE
1998 Sercombe, Diane H Saint Johns 1960 WHITE
1998 Sercombe, Peter G Saint Johns 1954 WHITE
2004 Serra, Deresa J St Augustine 1966 WHITE
2006 Shaffer, James F Saint Johns 1952 WHITE
2006 Shaffer, Kathleen M Saint Johns 1952 WHITE
1997 Shanahan, Celia A St Augustine 1960 WHITE
2008 Shaw, Eric D St Augustine 1976 WHITE
1999 Sheldon, Albert T Ponte Vedra Beach 1969 WHITE
1992 Shinn, Mark B St Augustine 1973 WHITE
2011 Siceloff, Tina G Saint Johns 1975 WHITE
2000 Simms, Stacey W St Augustine 1972 WHITE
2000 Smith II, William D Saint Johns 1953 WHITE
1993 Smith, Barbara J St Augustine 1946 WHITE
1996 Smith, Christina DC St Augustine 1978 WHITE
1998 Smith, Donna J Ponte Vedra Beach 1960 WHITE
1994 Stewart, Susan C St Augustine 1941 WHITE
1994 Sullivan Jr, Henry J Saint Johns 1948 WHITE
1984 Sullivan, Pamela G Saint Johns 1948 WHITE
2004 Taylor, Eugene R St Augustine 1943 WHITE
1999 Taylor, Margaret A St Augustine 1942 WHITE
2009 Taylor, Susan V St Augustine 1977 WHITE
2012 Teifer, Christopher P Ponte Vedra Beach 1993 WHITE
2004 Thibodeaux, Mello F St Augustine 1927 WHITE
1976 Thomas, Leslie J St Augustine 1945 WHITE
1966 Thorpe, John F St Augustine 1942 WHITE
2005 Toledo, Marjory C St Augustine 1923 WHITE
1967 Toner, David R St Augustine 1946 WHITE
1976 Toner, Marilyn C St Augustine 1946 WHITE
2009 Trull, Linda A Saint Johns 1948 WHITE
2005 Tufano, Philip F Saint Johns 1963 WHITE
2008 Tyde, Caitlyn A Ponte Vedra Beach 1992 WHITE
2002 Varrone, Judith D St Augustine 1952 WHITE
2002 Vaughn Jr, William T St Augustine 1940 WHITE
2005 Vespucci, Diane W St Augustine 1955 WHITE
2007 Webb, Timothy R Saint Johns 1989 WHITE
2002 Weber, Justin R Ponte Vedra Beach 1979 WHITE
2006 Welch, Casey St Augustine 1969 WHITE
2004 Wells, Warren J Saint Johns 1974 WHITE
2012 Westfall, Melissa S Ponte Vedra 1980 WHITE
2010 Wethington, Douglas R Saint Johns 1956 WHITE
2008 Wiese, Daniel V Saint Johns 1990 WHITE
2004 Williams, George H St Augustine 1935 BLACK
2004 Williams, Margaret St Augustine 1944 WHITE
2008 Wilson, Michael A St Augustine 1951 WHITE
2005 Wilson, Robert E St Augustine 1966 WHITE
1980 Winchester, Marjorie C Saint Johns 1932 WHITE
2004 Winer, Scott D Ponte Vedra Beach 1962 WHITE
1998 Wissel, Virginia D St Augustine 1941 WHITE
2005 Wood, Roger A St Augustine 1954 WHITE

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