Friday, December 30, 2011

Primary Elections

“Primary Elections are the selection by a political party of candidates for public office to run for election on the party ticket” The Volume Library.
This article is mainly about the voter’s role. If you want the entire process, check the references at the front of the blog (Principles of Democracy and National center for Constitutional Studies)
This is the first opportunity for you to use your vote for the candidate of your choice. It is assumed you have selected a party based upon your research and frame of reference. You must register with the Registrar of Voters, by whatever name it is in your area. You will be placed into the pool of voters. You will also be placed into the pool of a political party that you have selected. In the year of election (All U.S. Representatives are elected every two years for a two year term; Senators are elected on a rotating schedule. The Founding Fathers believed that there should always be a core element remaining each election that could continue the processes already achieved. Thus, the Senators are elected for a term of six years, with one-third of the Senate seats up for election every two years
Usually the primaries take place just after the start of the new year through March. The political parties use this time to select people they feel will be a good candidate to run against the other party in the “General Election that takes place on the first Tuesday in November. That gives the party time to put all their weight behind the final candidate and have “debates “ with the other party’s candidate.
The “ Primaries” have many views presented and offer good and bad choices. It is up to you to use your intelligence to select a candidate you can “live with” from your party to vote for in the primary. Sometimes, there is no clear choice, so you still need to make a selection, perhaps using the old TV expression, selecting the least Objectionable—the one you can “live with”.
I will continue with the “Primaries” in the next Blog.

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