That's what the founding fathers and framers wanted. They were afraid that with the founding of political parties it would be party over country. They envisioned people running for office on their own without the benefit of a political party. Andrew Jackson established the first modern political party, the Democratic Party. Parties prior to that weren't political parties as we envision them. More like clubs of like minded individuals.
One also needs to remember in the beginning as a Representative Republic, it was mostly state legislature who awarded their states electoral votes. The people voted for their state representatives and their state representatives awarded their states electoral votes as the peoples representatives. It wasn't until 1868 that all states went to the popular vote.
Louisiana in 1977 went with a jungle primary without placing the letter of party affiliation behind the candidates name. That was changed for the next election cycle as a lot of people complained they didn't know who to vote for without the party affiliation being on the ballot behind the candidates name. Just goes to show you that who the candidate is doesn't matter to a lot of folks, it's the party.
Last edited by perotista; 06/09/21 12:27 PM.