Publicado el 07-12-2012
We Must Vote in the
August Primary Elections
On Tuesday, August 14th, the Republican and Democratic parties will hold primary elections in Florida.
It is important that those parties’ registered voters go to the polls that day to choose the candidates that will go to the general election in November 6th. Republicans as well as Democrats must choose candidates for the Senate and the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress, as well as senators and representatives for the Legislature. There are also candidates for State Attorney in the 11th Judicial District in the Democratic ballot and, in the case of both parties, a long list of party officers for each district.
Those interested in obtaining information before the election can go to the website of the County’s elections office, www.miamidade.gov/elections and look for the sample ballot. The elections office has included warnings for voters in both parties because some candidates have withdrawn and although their names appear on the ballot a vote for them can not be counted.
It is necessary to insist on the importance that elections have in a democracy; it is the only way that the citizens have to participate in their government electing those who will represent them at the local, state and also federal governments. These primary elections for both parties are in preparation for the general election in November when one can vote for any candidate, regardless of the party where one is registered. This is something important that every voter must have set in his mind and conscience.
Traditionally, in primary elections and others that are not presidential the turnout is not very high, apparently because voters do not consider them important. And this is a serious mistake. Every election is important, even if it is a municipal election, since the outcome in one way or another will affect the life of everyone in the jurisdiction.
The greatness of the nation depends on the number of its municipalities and the civic and political concerns of their members. These municipalities must be backed by the patriotic and political spirit of the voters.