Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 25, 2014

Thinking about flipping parties for the primary? Think again.

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Primary elections historically get only a fraction of the turnout of the November General Election, but before you decide to skip it or vote in the opposite party’s primary, there are a few things to consider.

If you vote in another party’s primary you can’t take part in your party’s conventions later in the year. You also can’t hold the office of precinct chair if you participate in the other party’s vote.

  “Your Primary Election vote is very important to the party, regardless of which party you identify with,” Henderson County Party Chairman Marsha Head said. “Delegates to the County, State and National Conventions are determined by how many vote in your party in your precinct or voting box.”

The Republican slate of candidates in Henderson County includes a number of races with two or more contenders.

Countywide, both the county clerk and district clerk seats are contested.

The Henderson County Democratic Parry hasn’t fielded as many candidates, but Head said voters who stay home will have an impact on the local level.

“The designation of Election Judge is determined by which party had the most votes in that precinct in the last election, so Your vote is very important,” Head said.

There are important state-wide candidates selected by the Primary vote.

The Republican Party has numerous contested races, including the four person Lt. Governor Election that polls indicate may be headed for a runoff. On the Democratic ticket there are contested races for governor and agriculture commissioner.

Voters can also show their preferences in non-binding referendums listed on the ballot.

Republicans will be asked to answer, yes or no, whether Texans should be allowed to express their religious beliefs, including prayer in public places.

Other questions involve Second Amendment rights, whether elected officials and their staff should be subject to the same laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances as their constituents and whether the Affordable Care Act should be repealed.

Democrat questions include whether the United States Congress should pass immigration reform including an earned path to citizenship for those individuals contributing to the economy and the dependents of those individuals and whether Congress should pass legislation raising the federal minimum wage to at least 110 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of four without exception.