There seems to be a lot of confusion among people I’ve talked to and heard from regarding how the June 12 primary works. Please note that in the primary, once you go in you will be asked if you want to vote in the Republican or Democratic Primary. Once you’ve made your choice, you may only vote for candidates on that ballot. You CANNOT pick and choose between candidates in both parties! This is different from the general election in November.
There are a lot of candidates running for local, state and national offices. But don’t let that stop you from learning about the candidates and voting! There are a couple of sites that I am aware of that give information about the candidates. One is from the Greenville News. The other is the League of Women Voters. Go to this page, fill in your address and you can access a personalized list of candidates you will see on the ballot.
The important thing is to get out and vote! Voter turnout for primaries in Greenville is about 15%. That’s embarrassing and frankly shows apathy on the part of Greenville voters. If you don’t like the way things are…VOTE! That’s the only way things will have a chance of changing. If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem. If you have a candidate you want to see elected to office, he or she must win the primary to get on the November ballot. That won’t happen if people don’t take the time to vote!
We just celebrated Memorial Day, a day when we remembered the brave men and women who fought for us to have the rights we have today, including voting. Don’t take that for granted!