Over the last few weeks, I’ve received a fair amount of search traffic to my post explaining the presidential primary elections. A lot of readers seem to have more questions regarding the presidential election. I hope this post will clear things up!
Note: these are actual search phrases that have led to my blog. I made a few edits to spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
If you vote on Super Tuesday, do you get to vote again in November?
Can I vote in the Super Tuesday election and vote in November?
Yes! If you vote on Super Tuesday or in any other primary election (or caucus), you can still vote in the general election in November. It’s awesome if you vote in both the primary election and the general presidential election!
Can you vote in the general election if you didn’t vote in the primary?
If you didn’t vote in the primaries, can you vote in the main election?
Is it true that you have to vote in the primary election or you won’t be able to vote in the general election?
If you didn’t vote in the primary, can you vote in the general election?
I wish I could force you to vote in the primaries if you want to vote in the general election. However, the presidential election doesn’t work that way. When I was in college, I had planned on driving home to vote in the SC Republican primary election, but the weather made the drive unsafe. I didn’t vote in the primaries that year. I still voted in the general election later. If you missed your primary presidential election, you can still vote in the general election in November.
I’m a registered Independent, but I want to vote in the Republican primary.
If your state has an open primary or a mixed/semi-closed primary, you can vote in the Republican primary as a registered Independent. If your state has a closed primary, you can change your registration from Independent to Republican in advance of the primary. Each state has its own particular interpretation of all of these guidelines. You can find more information about your state’s primary rules here.
If I vote for a Republican on Super Tuesday can I change my mind later?
If I vote Democrat on Super Tuesday do I have to vote Democrat in November?
You do not have to vote for the same political party during the primaries as you do in the general election. I voted for Bernie Sanders in Georgia’s Democratic primary, but I plan to vote for the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, in November.
What exactly are the primary elections?
The presidential primary elections determine the Republican and the Democratic presidential candidates. For example, the 2008 primaries resulted in the presidential election between Obama and McCain. As of today, the 2016 primaries are currently choosing between Sanders & Clinton for the Democratic nominee, and Trump, Rubio, & Cruz for the Republican nominee. Technically other Republican and Democratic candidates are still running, but the race is down to these five for who will get the nomination at their respective conventions.
Is it a big deal to vote in the primary?
Why should I vote in the primaries?
What is a mixed primary election?
A mixed primary election, also called a semi-closed primary, allows for unaffiliated or Independent voters to vote in either the Republican or the Democratic primary. However, registered Republicans can only vote in the Republican primary. Registered Democrats can only vote in the Democratic primary.
If you are a registered Republican and you go to a primary election and vote Democrat does it really count?
Assuming you are voting in an open primary, then yes, your vote really counts!
In the national presidential election can you vote for whomever you want even if you are a registered Democrat?
Yes! In the national presidential election, you can vote for any presidential candidate, regardless of your party affiliation.
Edit 07/25/2016: I received a new question from the comments, which I’m adding below.
Can people vote for a candidate in the presidential elections that are not the selected candidate for either of the Republican or Democratic parties?
This particular question refers to the primary candidates who lost their bids to be the Republican or Democratic presidential nominee. It is possible for a primary candidate who dropped out of or lost the presidential primary to run as an independent or as a write-in candidate. However, I highly doubt any of them will choose to do that.
If you do not want to vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, you can vote for a third-party candidate. I’ve written why I’m voting for Gary Johnson in a separate blog post.
Do you have any more questions regarding the presidential election? Ask below in the comments, and I’ll update this post with the answers!