Monday, July 13, 2015

Voters Must Choose Party Primary When Voting - August 4

The August 4th Primary elections are fast approaching and absentee voting has already begun. The following is a list of information that all voters need to know:
  • The August 4 elections are primaries for the Democratic and Republican Party candidates who will run in the November general election. Voters cannot vote in both primaries. They may choose either party's primary. 
  • Voters should also be aware that if there is a runoff required after the initial primary, they must vote in the same party primary that they did  on August 4. (you cannot vote in the Democratic primary on August 4 and then vote in the Republican runoff. This is illegal and you will be subject to a fine.)
  • If a runoff election is required for any race in either primary, it will be held on August 25th.
  • A photo ID is required to vote.  A driver's license or photo Voter ID is typical. A voter registration card from the Circuit Clerk's Office is not acceptable- IT MUST BE A PHOTO ID.
  • Absentee voting has begun and is available until noon on the Saturday before the primaries (August 1)
  • If you have moved from one address to another in the county since the last election, it is important to visit the Circuit Clerk's Office in the Courthouse to make sure that your voting location/district has not changed. This can be done until the poll books are closed (usually a week before an election)
  • If you are not already a  registered voter, it is too late to register to vote in the August 4th primaries but there is still time to register to vote in the general election in November.
  • In the November general election, voters may vote for the candidate of their choosing - no matter which primary they voted in.
The primary requirements present a dilemna for  voters who wish to vote for specific candidates. Because most local county candidates run on a Democratic ticket and statewide candidates or district candidates often run on a Republican platform, voters can be torn between party loyalties and their support of a specific candidate.

The Winston County Circuit Clerk Kim Ming has provided sample
ballots for the August 4, 2015 primaries. The Republican and Democratic primaries are on separate ballots. To view the sample ballots - click here