First, many states have closed primaries.
What is a Closed Primary?
A closed primary election is one in which voters choose from candidates only from the party in which they are registered. This differs from an open primary in that an open primary allows a voter to cast his/her vote within whichever contest (Democrat, Republican, Green, etc.) the voter chooses.
So in order for a Republican candidate to win in many states, his supporters would need to be registered Republican. Same with other parties.
Is My State an Open or Closed Primary?
You CAN register online http://www.eac.gov/assets/1/Documents/national%20mail%20voter%20registration%20form%20english%20February%2015%202011.pdf In addition, you can grab a registration form at your local DMV. Just fill it out and send it in. It is imperative that you do this asap. The Primaries can make or break your candidates run for the Presidency. Your being registered to vote in that Primary is not to be ignored. (unless you’re in an Open Primary state of course)
When Is My State’s Primary?
I cannot say for sure how accurate this is for all states. It is accurate for Oklahoma. I have heard some states have canceled their primaries due to budget. I suggest researching to find out.
One of the most important but unknown areas is becoming a Delegate.
What is a Delegate?
A delegate is essentially a super-voter; They get to vote for the GOP nominee. Regular voters will ONLY be voting to determine the number of delegates for the candidates in your state Primary (or caucus); Regular voters can’t vote for the GOP nominee. Remember, our system of government is a republic and not a democracy. Now you can understand why it’s so important to become a delegate because delegates determine who the GOP nominee is!
How do I become a Delegate?
Also, I strongly suggest meeting other like-minded individuals. http://www.meetup.com/ is very effective. From sign making, collecting donations, door to door canvassing and talking to other people in the community, Meet Up is a great place for spreading awareness. Just type in your candidates name and get started. Additionally, many campaigns may have a volunteer link on their page.
We cannot leave out social networking. With sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. it’s easier than ever to spread awareness to lots of people.
Last but not least – DONATIONS! Campaigning is expensive! If you want your candidate to win, be prepared to help with the cause.
Doing all of these things will increase your candidates chance of winning. Passion and determination are good but having this knowledge may be the key to seeing your candidate give the next State of the Union address from the White House.
Good luck to everyone!