For the March 18 primary, you must choose either a Democratic ballot or a Republican ballot. On that one ballot, you vote for candidates for all levels of public office.
Let’s look at the Democratic ballot [in Ogle County]. By my count, there are 81 candidate positions. The only three contested positions are governor/lieutenant governor, state central committeeman, and one precinct committeeman.
The Republican ballot is only slightly more contested. This ballot has choices for U.S. senator, governor/lieutenant governor, treasurer, congressional representative, county sheriff, and county state’s attorney.
It is the county offices of sheriff and state’s attorney that point out a problem with our primary election process. Since there are no Democratic candidates for sheriff and state’s attorney, this primary is effectively the election for those two offices. The fall election is just a formality, a rubber stamp.
If you do not vote the Republican primary ballot, you will not get to vote for your choice for sheriff or state’s attorney.
Which ballot will you vote?
Do we specify a party affiliation when we register to vote?
Can we choose a primary ballot for either party?
Note to readers: Primary voters in Illinois may ask for a Republican ballot or a Democratic ballot, but not both.