Primaries Require Voter Choice

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Mississippi's primary election is a week away and voters will have to make a choice of which primary in which to participate.

Election officials warn there will be no 'double dipping' during next Tuesday's primary election.

"It will be all Republican or all Democratic," said election commission chair, Ann Watts.

For instance, if you wanted to vote for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race, you would not be able to vote for any of the seven Republican candidates for the third congressional district seat.

Congressional candidate Randy Eads, a Democrat who campaigned Tuesday in Meridian, said people are just going to have to make a party choice during the primary and vote for whichever candidates they like in the general election.

"I think it's a part of the process and you're going to have to make an allegiance," said Eads. "If you make it to that person, you are also going to have to make it to that person. And I think that's just the right thing to do during a primary."

One Meridian resident disagreed. Chris Carter said voting should be the same for both the primary and general elections.

"I personally like to vote for the person. I do not like to vote just a straight ticket, be it Democratic or Republican. I am a Democrat. But I like to vote for the individual, so I don't particularly like that at all," said Chris Carter of Meridian.

The ballot will consist of candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and the Presidential race.

The primary election will take place on Tuesday, Mar. 11. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. To 7 p.m.

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  • by Steve Location: Jackson, MS on Mar 5, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    The purpose of party primaries is to choose each party's presidential delegates and to nominate each party's candidates. You can be a delegate to the Democratic convention or the Republican convention, but not both. By the same token, you can vote in the Republican primary or the Democratic primary, but not both. You cannot help nominate BOTH parties' candidates.
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