We are now just about a month away from the September Primary Election, which will determine whose name ends up on the ballot in the November General Election.
Think of a primary like the TV show Survivor – when voters select their preferred candidate, the rest of the field is voted “Off the Island”. Although, to be honest, primaries can be a bit less civilized than the “Tribal Council”.
Primary elections are necessary because in most races, where you vote for one candidate, only one person per race per party can appear on the ballot in November. Often, more than one candidate would like to run for office under a particular political party. Primaries allow the voters to select their representative in the general election in November.
Primary elections originated as a system of checks and balances to ensure the public had a say in their own representatives on the ballots. The first state-wide primary was held in Minnesota in 1899, while the first presidential primary was held two years later in Florida. Interestingly enough, to this day, not all states have primary elections at all, preferring to have their candidates selected by delegates at various caucuses and conventions.
We'll get into caucuses another time.
For more information on the history of primaries, please visit The Ace Project.
Have a great weekend!