Less selection for some voters in partisan Primary

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, May 13 2014 at 12:40 PM, Updated: Fri, May 16 2014 at 10:32 PM

If you're a nonpartisan, independent, or an unaffiliated voter and wondering why your ballot looks different from your republican or democratic friends, you're not alone.

 The May Primary is a semi-closed election meaning voters are only allowed to vote only within a preselected major political party. much like a closed primary, independents and unaffiliated voters will not see the same ballots as their red or blue citizenry..

That also means candidates voting as either democratic or republican will only see those candidates on their may ballot.

Luckily, the May Primary only narrows the candidates for the larger General Election later in the year. Which means those affiliated with one of the many nonpartisan groups will have their say in the end. Just not this time around.

For more information, visit the Jackson County Elections website at using the link below:


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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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