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Most elections are like the Presidential election.  First, you have to collect a certain number of signatures to get on the ballot.  Those signatures have to be from people who live in the place you are running to represent.  Then you get on a Primary ballot, and voters go to the polls and vote for a nominee.  Any who is registered to vote can vote in the Primary, but in most cases, you can only vote in the Primary of one Party (so you can't choose who will represent your opposition.)  After the Primary elections are held and the nominations are official, the nominees run in a general election.  This is the case for almost all elections, at all levels of government.  But it varies from state to state.  Some states or offices have non-partisan elections, which means you run on your credentials, etc. and not party affiliation.

Hang on, you skipped the part where they throw half the black folks off the voter rolls.  Or is that just a Florida thing?

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 11:53:51 PM EST
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