From: "David Keller"
To: Subject: Re: [PKD] TTOTA: Ch 1-2 Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002 20:48:19 -0700 ----- Original Message ----- From: "cal godot" To: Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 4:50 PM Subject: Re: [PKD] TTOTA: Ch 1-2 > --- Rose Kaplin wrote: > > > 1980 (Presidential elections are held every four years, and the next one will > > be in 2004). November... the first Tuesday of Nomember is (traditionally) > > Election Day, but "Primaries" are held at other times; however, you must be a > > member of the party in question in order to vote in its primary. > > Minor correction: primary voting procedure differs from state to state. Some > have "open primaries," meaning Dems can vote in the Repub and vice versa. > (Washington state is one of these.) ============ Minor correction: the relatively new "open primaries" in your new home state of California aren't that straightforward, Cal. After legal challenges and court decisions I think it basically works out that each party can decide whether some or all voters not members of the party can vote in the primary election for that party's candidates primary election candidates. FYI for those unfamiliar with US election procedures, "primary" elections are roughly "first round" ones that decide which candidates for partisan offices will be the candidates of their party in the general election where all voters choose which of the legally qualified candidates for an office will be elected. This greatly oversimplifies *many* things but the seriously interested can research such matters in authoritative sources. The most notable exception in California being that any initiative or referendum on the "primary" election ballot is decided at that election. David K