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You can only vote for Alison Hartson in November
if you vote for her on June 5, 2018.

Many people don’t know the difference between a primary and general election. If that’s you, you are not alone. We’re so glad you’re here and ready to learn and make your important voice heard. Here are the basics of what you need to know:


1. “General” elections are the ones that you are familiar with. These tend to happen in November. You have two people to choose from and whoever gets over 50% wins and becomes your representative.

2. “Primary” elections are just like the elections you might normally vote in, but they happen before the general election. Primary elections usually get a lot less coverage in the news and we as a society have been groomed to pay more attention to the Presidential “general” election every four years. But, there are dozens of elections that affect you almost every year! Primaries are different from state to state, or region to region. Ultimately, they determine who will be the top 2 candidates in the general election. Usually several people are running in the primary and practically nobody votes in them. This means that an incredibly small amount of people end of deciding who you get to vote for in the general. This is why primaries are even more important than the general. IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE START VOTING IN THE PRIMARIES IN MASSIVE NUMBERS IN ORDER TO HAVE BETTER CHOICES IN THE GENERAL.

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JUNE 5, 2018

  1. Your party does not matter; you can vote for any candidate regardless of party.
  2. The top two candidates in the general could very likely both be Democrats, as it was in 2016. So long as we get out and vote in the primary!

MAY 19, 2018 is the deadline to register to vote! Even though we now have automatic registration, that does NOT mean you are registered since it happens through the DMV. Click here to register to vote.

MAY 7 - 29, 2018: Mail-in ballots must be submitted between these dates if you prefer not to vote at the polls.

JUNE 5, 2018: PRIMARY VOTE! This is the last day to vote, and the only day to do it in person at your designated polling place.

If you need help with any of this, contact us at Let’s get out the primary vote!

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The traditional closed primary system typically allows only voters registered within the party to vote for their candidate in the primary. So, only Democrats can vote for Democrats and Republicans for Republicans. Whoever wins the Republican primary goes on to the general election. The same with the Democratic primary.

Our fairly new “jungle primary,” as it is more commonly referred to, is more officially called a nonpartisan blanket primary, or top-two primary. This allows voters, regardless of party, to vote for any candidate. The two candidates who win the most votes win the primary and move on to the general election. This is important to know because it means that your party does not matter; you can vote for any candidate regardless of party.