Don’t forget your Primary vote

Don’t forget your Primary vote


This Tuesday, April 19, is a day voters from all over New York get to choose a candidate from their political party who, come November, will be in the running for the top job in our nation. It’s an important decision; so if you’re a registered Democrat or Republican, remember to vote.

The presidential state Primaries, or Caucuses, have been going on for several months now. New York’s Primary is taking place rather late in the election season, but not as late as other states, such as California, where the Primary will be held on June 7.

Usually, by now, the frontrunner is nearly a sure thing heading into the conventions, where naming a candidate for each party is just a formality. Not so this year. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton—though clearly ahead in the number of states won thus far—still faces a tough fight by opponent Bernie Sanders. And it could be an uphill battle for Republicans, with Ted Cruz and John Kasich still in the running, even though Donald Trump is considered far ahead of both.

That’s why every Primary vote counts.

We haven’t seen a Presidential Primary like this year’s—which promises a possible contested convention for both parties—in a very long time. It’s been documented that not since 1952 has an election in both parties gone to a contested convention. A contested convention might require multiple ballot calls from the floor before choosing a winner.

Sixty-four years ago, three Democrats vied for a spot on the ticket, only to be usurped by Adlai Stevenson, who threw his hat into the ring at the convention. The Republican contest was between Ohio Senator Robert Taft and General Dwight Eisenhower, who went on to win the nomination and eventually the presidency.

It’s important to remember that only those registered either Democrat or Republican can vote in this Primary. The cut-off date for voter registration or to change party affiliation has come and gone. However, there is still time to register for the actual election on Nov. 8. Anyone who is not yet registered to vote should consider doing so very soon.

There’s no doubt this election season has energized local and not-so-local constituencies. They come from different socioeconomic backgrounds and age groups that had, sadly, too often in the past shown apathy on Primary Day, which resulted in a poor turnout in the polls. This year promises to be different. Help make a difference. Don’t forget to vote.