Ella M. writes...
"In a Presidential primary, how are delegates allocated to candidates? I'm told there is more than one way."
Good question Ella.
This can be confusing as each state and party awards delegates differently.
WINNER TAKE ALL. All the delegates are awarded to the winner of the primary. Example: 50 Delegates can be awarded in State X's primary. Candidate A wins and is awarded all 50
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Benny B writes...
"I wan't to know why we don't have write in votes. That's telling me I can't vote for my candidate. Neither nominee is good for America, but we're forced to vote Party lines that we disagree with or not vote at all. I'm really perturbed with the whole bunch of them."
We do have write-in candidates / votes! You may vote for whomever you wish on your ballot. Primaries are a litt
"Do Republican Primaries still take place, now that only 1 candidate remains? How does the whole process work now?"
Yes, a primary still takes place with only 1 candidate ("the presumptive nominee") remaining in the race.
People can still vote for the other candidates appearing on the ballot (who have since dropped out), and the results will be counted - however
"if I don't vote in Indiana primary, can I vote in general election?"
I get this question a lot!
'If I don't vote in the primary or caucus, can I vote in November's general election?'
Yes, you can still vote in November. And yes, you can also vote for whomever you want. Another question I get frequently is this: "do I have to vote for the candidate in the party I am registered to?
Abe D. writes...
"Jeff. What's the difference between an open primary and a closed primary? It's so bloody confusing! How do I get more info for rules & the process my state?"
Good question Abe.
Here goes! I found some great sources of info for you, too.
In a CLOSED primary, only voters registered for the party which is holding the primary may vote. For instance: if the Democrat Party is ho
Cathy F. writes...
"I live in columbus, ohio i think i might be register as an independent. can i still vote republican without changing my status."
Yes, you can still vote Republican in the GENERAL ELECTION in November.
You can vote for anybody you wish once you step in the voting booth, no matter how you are registered.
I am registered Independent in Florida and vote for who I feel is the bes
"Once the Primary is over. If a candidate does not win in the party they ran in can he/she switch to lets say a different party like Libertarian or some other open party to run against the Republicans and Democrats in the run off?"
Yes. If a candidate does not win the primary, he/she can run as a third party candidate or write-in in the general election (not runoff). HOWEVER
"In states where the elector is not bound by law to follow the popular vote, do the voters have any legal recourse in, for example, civil court or even federal court, to protest the electorate not following the popular vote?"
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UPDATE - JULY 6, 2020: Supreme Court upholds “faithless elector” laws
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The short answer is no, but it would create an epic shit stor
"Can you please answer me this. Why are federal elections held on the first Tuesday in November? What makes it so special and why was it chosen?"
First, federal elections are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
To answer your question, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November was initially established in 1845 (3 U.S.C. 1) for the appointment of Pre
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