What’s a primary, and how does it work?

Primary elections are run by the two major political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, to decide which candidates will represent them in the general election this November.

When you get to the polls for the primary election, you’ll be asked to choose which primary you want to vote in, Democratic or Republican.

In Texas, the primary you vote in does not determine which candidates you can vote for in the general election in November. However, if there is a runoff in the primary election (when no candidate gets a majority and the top two candidates compete in a runoff), you would only be able to vote in the runoff for the party whose primary you voted in.

In addition to candidates, during primary elections, each party puts several ballot propositions up for a vote. Similar to a survey or a poll, these non-binding propositions are a way for state parties, candidates, and legislators to learn how voters feel about specific issues.

Ballot propositions for March 2018 Primary

NOTE: The rows in the Ballot Propositions below are not comparable subjects; they’re just numbered alike. The similarity ends there! (In other words, read each column separately.)

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