Primary colors: Tuesday’s election

By Patrick Erwin, editor-in-chief

In just two days, Illinois – and Chicago – will hold a primary election. Encyclopedia Britannica defines a primary election as an “election to select candidates to run for public office.”

In the United States, primary elections decide who the candidate is for each participating political party (primarily candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties), and voters then choose between those candidates in the general elections in November.

Truman students already know that our campus is one of many polling places across the city. And as a designated polling place, our campus was also an Early Voting site. Early voting started on Feb. 27 and continued until last Thursday, Mar. 15.

According to the Board of Election Commissioners Web site, the following office will be on Tuesday’s ballot.

  • President of the United States
  • Representative in Congress (all districts)
  • State Senator (all districts)
  • State Representative (all districts)
  • Cook County Circuit Court Clerk
  • Cook County Recorder of Deeds
  • Cook County State’s Attorney
  • Cook County Board of Review – Tax Appeals (all districts)
  • Judges for the Illinois Supreme Court, Illinois Appellate Court and Cook County Circuit Court
  • Commissioners (three) to the Water Reclamation District for Greater Chicago

The most high profile race is, of course, for the Republican party nominee for President of the United States. And candidates have been pounding the pavement in Illinois to get votes.

According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, Rick Santorum has focused much of his campaign in southern Illinois, while former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has skipped campaigning here, and U.S. Congressman Ron Paul has only made one visit.

Closer to Chicago, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made an appearance on behalf of another candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, at suburban Elmhurst College on Saturday.

Information about local polling places, as well as sample ballots, are all available at the city’s Board of Election Commissioners Web site.

And if you haven’t already registered to vote, you’re too late for this primary election. But voters can register now for the general election in November.


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