SAMPLE BALLOTS for the
AUGUST 7, 2014 ELECTION
FEDERAL & STATE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY & WILSON COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION FEDERAL & STATE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY & WILSON COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION WILSON COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION
Your place of residence determines which county commission district, state house district, school board & constabulary zone & possible LSSD you are eligible to vote for.
PARTY PRIMARY vs. GENERAL ELECTION
The August 7, 2014 election will be a Federal & State Republican & Democratic Primary Election and Wilson County General Election.
A Primary Election is a nominating election.
Voters that vote in a Primary Election consider themselves affiliated with the Republican or Democratic Partys- there are no Primary Elections for Independents. In order to vote in the primary, for either party, you will be required to choose which party primary you wish to vote in on your voter application.
Tennessee has two recognized parties – the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. Tennessee holds “Open Primaries”. You are not registered as a member of any party and may vote as your current party allegiance allows.
“A registered voter is entitled to vote in a primary election for offices for which the voter is qualified to vote at the polling place where the voter is registered if:
1. The voter is a bona fide member of and affiliated with the political party in whose primary the voter seeks to vote; or
2. At the time the voter seeks to vote, the voter declares allegiance to the political party in whose primary the voter seeks to vote and states that the voter intends to affiliate with that party.” TCA §2-7-115 (b)
It is a class D felony to vote in more than one political party primary in an election. TCA§2-19-107(2)
Winning the party’s nomination in a Primary Election is the first step in the election process. It narrows the field in a political party to one individual for a specific office. The winner of the party primary in August will be on the general election ballot in November representing their party.
You do not have to vote in the federal & state primary. You may choose to vote only in the Wilson County general election.
A General Election is the election in which all voters make the final choice from among the party nominees and the independent candidates for a specific office.
In August, all Wilson County offices (except Property Assessor) will be on the general ballot and the winners will take office on September 1, 2014. Municipal offices and school board members are never partisan races.