Importance of Primaries

Every week leading up to the primary election Naperville News 17 is bringing you information that will help you be informed as you head to the polls.

This week, we explore the importance of casting Your Vote in primary elections.

Primary elections take place before the general election in order to give voters a voice on who they want to represent each party in the general election.

“A primary was created to select candidates so instead of having a very large ballot with a lot of names on it, the process would be to narrow it down to one or a couple of candidates for each seat,” said political analyst, Kenn Miller.

Primaries, especially for midterm elections like the one in March, tend to have low voter turn-out, because there’s not as much attention surrounding them as the general election.

But, many don’t realize primaries have a bigger impact than they think.

“There can be other things on the ballot, there can be referendums, and in some cases, like this year, voters will actually be picking the winner because there are two people from the same party running but no opposing candidate,” said Miller “So voters are picking their representative in the primary.”

Primaries are different in every state but in Illinois it’s quite simple to cast your ballot.

“Illinois is an open state so you can crossover and pick any ballot you want if you want to influence the other party’s candidate,” said Miller.

The primary election will be held March 18.

Be sure to tune into Naperville News 17 every week to see more stories that could impact your vote.

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