Voter turnout is, of course, highest for presidential general elections and lowest for municipal primaries. In Lancaster County, municipal primaries rarely see more than 14 % of all registered voters participate. May 18th is our next primary election, and LCDC wants more Democrats to participate!
Primary elections serve to determine which candidates will be on the November general election ballot. In municipal primaries focus more on state and local offices, like judges, school board members, and municipal supervisors. In other words, positions with significant local impact on our lives.
Primary ballots frequently also include amendments to the state’s constitution, called ballot initiatives. This year’s primary ballot will include at least three known initiatives that could change our state’s constitution. Of these three, two initiatives would restrict the governor’s emergency declaration and veto powers.
Voting in the primary is more than just a way to help select which Democratic candidates will be on the November ballot; it’s also the only way you can protect the state’s constitution from partisan changes.
Mark your calendar today to vote on May 18th!