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Posted on: February 1, 2024

What is a Primary? Who Can Vote in a Primary?

What is a Primary? 

The purpose of a primary is to narrow the field of candidates for the General Election.  

For example, let's say there are two Republicans and one Democrat running for a county commissioner seat. The primary helps decide which Republican will move on to the general election. If only one Democrat is running, they automatically become the party's nominee without a primary. This means not every office up for election this year will have a primary.

Who Can Vote in a Primary? 

In a primary, you are required to vote the ballot of your registered party.  Voters that are not registered with a party (Unaffiliated) make their ballot selection at the time of voting.

  • For example, if you're a registered Republican, you can only vote in the Republican primary.  Same applies if you're registered Democratic or Libertarian.
  • Unaffiliated voters can pick between Democratic, Libertarian, or Republican ballots. This choice doesn't change your registration; you'll stay unaffiliated unless you fill out a new voter registration form.
  • The Green Party and the No Labels Party do not have primary elections this year.
  • 17-year-olds can vote in a primary if they will be 18 by the General Election date (November 5, 2024).

Check Your Party

Registered voters can use the Voter Search to confirm their party affiliation.

Do you want to change your party affiliation? The voter registration deadline for the primary is Friday, February 9.  This is also the deadline for you to change your party affiliation or unaffiliated status.

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