By Ariana Lopez ’18
What is a Primary Election?
The Primaries, alike previous elections, are a process of electing representatives for each party that will participate in the elections for available positions in that regarding state. Each state has different dates for the voting events/information sessions.
What happens during the voting events?
Before voting, it is important that you register. Without registration, similar to every other voting event, you will not be allowed to vote. You can register to vote online or by paperwork. You also have to be over 18 years of age as well as a U.S. citizen. There are three types of voting types: a closed primary, a blanket primary, and a open primary. In a closed primary, you are only allowed to vote for a candidate representing the party that you support/initially sided with. In a open primary, you are given the opportunity to vote for any given candidate of any given party. In a blanket primary, you can vote in any and potentially all ongoing primaries. You can also either vote by name of a specific candidate or by representative delegate.
When and where are the Illinois Primaries?
The official date for the Primaries in Illinois will be March 20, 2018 (locations are yet to be announced/at your local polling destination.) Citizens have up until March 19th at midnight to register to vote. Through March fifth and nineteenth, Citizens registered as early voters are allowed to vote. A new governor will be elected.
What positions are available/ will be filled by elections?
Many office positions are available for fill ins. From U.S. Representative, to Illinois Governor, to Illinois Attorney General, to Cook County Treasurer. This specific election, however, will elect a new Illinois Governor.
More on the Election
The election will take place on November 6th of the upcoming 2018 year. The Democratic and Republican party will be participating in this election. Current governor Bruce Rauner has mentioned desire to run for a second term. For the Democratic Party, seven total candidates are running. Initially, there was ten candidates, but three withdrew. For the Republican party, there is two candidates as well as one who withdrew. Throughout this process, candidates can be endorsed, in other words, supported by other government officials, companies, or individuals. So far, both candidates on the Republican party have been endorsed. One state official, John Shimkus, however, refused to endorse during the primaries, which means that he will not stand by any candidate and will support whoever makes it to the election rounds.
Why You Should Vote?
It is important that anyone meeting the voting requirements votes. Being involved in your state politics can help elevate your input.