Presidential Primaries in March 2016
Super Tuesday is HERE!
Super Tuesday is a date that a majority of States have their Presidential Primaries.
Regardless of party affliation – Democratic, Republican or Independent – the rules vary based upon your State. Be aware of whether you are in a open, closed or semi-closed primary State.
What is an Open Primary?
In an open primary, the voter has the choice to vote in any one party without being officially affiliated or registered with that party. Example: I can vote in the Republican primary even though I am registered as a Democrat. Also important to note, you cannot vote in both primaries- you have to pick one.
What is a Closed Primary?
You must be officially affiliated with a party to vote for that party. Example: If I want to vote for Bernie or Hillary, I have to be registered as a Democrat. If I am registered as an independent, I cannot vote for either/any of them in the Presidential Primary.
What is a Semi-Closed Primary?
The semi-closed primary is a hybrid of the open and closed primary process. In a semi-closed primary State, registered Democrats can only vote in the Democratic primary, registered Republicans can only vote the Republican primary and Independents have to choose one primary race – Democratic or Republican – to cast their vote.
If you don’t vote, it is as if you don’t exist. Do your civic duty for you and your community and
get registered to vote today regardless of where you live!”