Voting Basics

I’ve been asked questions about crossover voting, and now that it’s illegal, people are concerned.

The misunderstanding about crossover voting occurs when people don’t distinguish between a primary election and a general election.

The reason that crossover voting is prohibited is that sometimes politics can be “dirty” and what happened in Alabama years ago was what’s called “raiding”. “Raiding” is when one political party as a group votes for their opponent’s weakest primary candidate in hopes of making their opponent select a candidate in the primary that is easier for them to beat in the general election. The law seeks to have each party select their own candidate without interference from the other party.

Let’s talk about the basics.

A primary election is where political parties select their candidate for the general election. A primary election is a party event. The winner of the primary runs in the general election.

A general election is an election that decides who will actually take office.

No matter how a person voted in the primary, they can vote for whoever they wish in the general election.

Crossover voting is only prohibited at the primary election stage.

You can vote for whomever you want to during the general election, no matter which candidate or party you supported in the primary. The party choice doesn’t bind you for future elections either, so if you vote in one party’s primary during one election cycle, you are free to vote in another party’s primary the next.

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