WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 02: A woman wears a face mask as she votes at McKinley Technology High School on primary election day on June 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Tuesday, nine states and the District of Columbia are holding primaries, most of which were previously delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

What Are The Primary Elections? We Have All The Info Here

EARN MY VOTE: Everything you need to know and where to go in the Tri-State!

With the primary elections around the corner for the tri-state area, many of us are unsure what the primary elections are. It precedes the upcoming elections.

It was is when voters can indicate their preference for their party’s candidate or candidate in general, in an upcoming general election, local election, or by-election.

So, let’s break it down. According to Votessmart.org:

There are two main types of primaries, closed or open, that determine who is eligible to vote in the primary. In a closed primary, a registered voter may vote only in the election for the party with which that voter is affiliated. For example, a voter registered as Democratic can vote only in the Democratic primary and a Republican can vote only in the Republican primary. In an open primary, on the other hand, a registered voter can vote in either primary regardless of party membership. The voter cannot, however, participate in more than one primary. A third less common type of primary, the blanket primary, allows registered voters to participate in all primaries.

The presidential preference primary is a direct vote for a specific candidate. The voter chooses the candidate by name. The second method is more indirect, giving the voter a choice among delegate names rather than candidate names.

We know some of you are wondering what is the difference between primary elections and general elections. A Primary Election is a nominating election. Winning the party’s nomination is the first step in the election process. It narrows the field from a political party to one individual for a specific office. A General Election is the election in which all voters make the final choice from among the party nominees and the independent candidates for a specific office.

Here are the dates for the following states below:

New York – June 23, 2020

New Jersey – July 7, 2020

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