Most people don’t realize that when you vote in the presidential primary, you aren’t just voting for a candidate. You’re also voting for the delegates who will actually VOTE for that candidate at the convention. They also vote on the party platform and important issues. For the most part, these aren’t selected in “smoke-filled rooms” by party bosses. Y’all… they’re ordinary people elected by people like us.
Your friends/neighbors are running. Did you know that?
Unfortunately, these are really low-budget campaigns. Your friends and neighbors don’t have the money to print literature, buy ads, or the time to go door-to-door and ask for votes. So when you walk into your precinct on March 3 and look at your ballot, you essentially see a list of strangers. You get to select one presidential candidate and four men and 4 women delegates who are pledged to that candidate.
If you’re like the majority of voters, you either vote for the first four – which means that delegate candidates whose names start with “A” or “B” are really lucky! – or you look for names you recognize. That latter strategy isn’t a big deal: name recognition is important. But don’t you want to know the person behind the name?
- Why are they running?
- Why did they choose a particular candidate?
- What are the issues important to them?
If you knew all that, couldn’t you make a more informed vote? Left In Alabama wants to help with that!
In 2016, we offered all Democratic delegate candidates an opportunity to post an article so they could introduce themselves to the community and ask for votes. Several dozen readers accepted the free offer and many of them won their races.