TRENTON: Today is NJ’s Primary Election Day with polls open 06:00 until 20:00. The general election is still in November; but today’s primary will determine which party’s candidate makes it to the ticket. Depending on where you live, you may have Democrats, Republicans, and Independents on the ballot all seeking your vote. This is not the official election- just the primary to determine who is the single candidate to represent their party in November.
A primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party’s candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders. Primaries are state-level and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election. New Jersey utilizes a semi-closed primary process, in which the selection of a party’s candidates in an election is generally limited to registered party members. Unaffiliated voters can register as party members at the polls on primary election day. Otherwise, a voter must indicate his or her party preference (e.g., via an updated voter registration) no later than the 55th day preceding the primary in order to vote in that party’s primary.
Please consider each candidate and what they HAVE done for you and your family during their tenure in office to earn YOUR vote. If a newcomer- ask where they stand on important issues that affect you and your family. Please don’t vote for candidates whom hide from real issues and play dress up with each other’s pictures.