Be Aware of Redistricting on Tuesday's Partisan Primary

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

Hard to believe, but after a summer of recall elections, the fall partisan primary election is almost upon us.

Tuesday voters will head to the polls to vote for candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, State Senate, State Assembly, District Attorney and a variety of local races.

Voters who didn't vote in this summer's special elections need to be aware of redistricting. Many locations in our viewing area are in new Congressional, State and Assembly districts.

Boundaries are re-drawn every ten years. The Lincoln County clerk says some voters may be confounded to learn they're in a new district.

"There are many, many counties throughout the state that have had a lot of changes within those areas and that alone will really confuse the people in who they actually get to vote for," Sheila Pudelko said.

Pudelko says voters should also know that this election will be different from the special elections this summer, because it is a true partisan primary.

"Pick your party, stay within your party, vote for the candidates of your choice within one party," she said.

Voters will be asked to pick a party preference and then vote within that party. If don't pick a preference and then cross party lines when voting, their votes will not count. If they choose a party preference, but then cross party lines, the candidates in their party preference will automatically get the votes.

Winners of the primary will go onto the General Election on Tuesday, November 6th.

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