County Clerk Excerpt:It's pretty simple really.
1. The winning candidate in each party where more than one candidate is running moves forward to the November ballot for General Election.
2. If you select a Party Preference and then vote for candidates in another party, those votes in another party will not be counted.
3. If you do not select a Party Preference and vote for candidates in more than one party, NO votes will be counted.
But I can understand some folks not wanting to carry the party-line label on their conscience. However, selecting a party preference will guarantee your party intentions will be counted. In other words, your outside-party mistakes won't be counted, but the rest of your ballot will be good. If you don't check party preference and you make even one mistake crossing into a different party, all selections will be ignored and your entire ballot will be discarded. Poof! It's like you were never there.
Of course you don't have to check party preference, but I highly recommend it.
Also, believe it or not, I've heard of folks checking only party preference and ignore the rest of ballot thinking it's a one-stop convenience party option without realizing that primaries are multiple candidate races! Another wasted ballot, D'OH!
Quote Of the Week
"Tea Baggers pushing contradictions like Paul Ryan remind (me) of chickens helping the Colonel open a restaurant, then wondering… what's for dinner?"