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So, lets say I register for Party, and vote in the primaries for a candidate. If that candidate doesn't proceed to the general elections, is there any reason that I am obligated to then vote for the candidate in Party who I didn't want?

I rather a candidate from Party, but not that candidate from Party, and would vote against Party if it meant keeping that candidate out of office.

Read between the lines as you will. :)

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Obviously not because secret ballot. – Joshua Mar 1 at 18:54
You don't like Clinton?? – Peter A. Schneider Mar 1 at 23:10
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  1. The only part of the US electoral process that is guided by specific rules is the vote by the electors (and even then, only pledged electors. And even THEN, they can act the role of "faithless elector").

    You, as a private citizen voting in general election, do NOT fall under this stage, and thus have no restrictions whatsoever on who you choose to vote for. Any such restrictions would be extremely illegal/unconstitutional.

  2. Specific to your question, primaries in USA are private events, organized by a private organization (DNC or RNC or some other faction). What you do in relation to that private event is absolutely irrelevant to what you do in actual elections (also, see #1).

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"Any such restrictions would be extremely illegal/unconstitutional" - as Wikipedia would say, [citation needed]. – Kyralessa Mar 28 at 2:06

You're never obligated to vote for anybody, period. What you do in the little booth is entirely up to you, and any attempt to coerce your vote through a contract, threat, registration, or otherwise would be illegal.

So, you can vote for whoever you like in the primaries, and still vote for whoever you like in the general election.

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I will emphasize that if you voted for a candidate in the primary, and that candidate became the nominee, you are still free vote for anyone on the ballet, or write in your own candidate, or not to vote at all. – Michael Richardson Mar 1 at 19:26
Also note that this is based on US elections. I believe some countries require voting. – Michael Richardson Mar 1 at 19:27
@MichaelRichardson Yes, the question is explicitly about the USA so it seems reasonable that answers would be specific to the USA, too. – David Richerby Mar 1 at 22:23

Some primaries are closed, such as many Republican primaries, however the general election is open no matter what party you register as

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