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Alex Jokay

So, no one has quite explained how this special election on election day is going to work. Registered Republicans choose from the field of fifteen and then go through the line again and vote in the general election without knowing who the Republican victor is yet? I'm an independent voter who chooses the person above the party, so this idea doesn't sit well with me. Mitch? Can you explain how this is going to work?

Ed. note: If you are referring to the Election Day in November when voting is likely to occur for both the Special Election and the General Election - then voters will be eligible to cast a vote in two congressional elections. One election will be for the 3rd District congressional term between November and January 1. The other will be for the 3rd District congressional term starting January 1. Voters can choose to participate in neither election, both elections or only one of the two. A voter doesn't have to vote the same way in each election. A voter can choose to vote for the Libertarian in one election and the Democratic nominee in the other, for example. The Special Election is for the unexpired term, not a do-over of the Republican primary.

If you are speaking of the caucus procedures:
Alex, see my latest post in addition to this Editor's note. Actually, the precinct committeepersons will, likely, gather and, before voting, will hear a two-minute or so address by each candidate.

The voting will the proceed for the first ballot. The votes will be tallied and the result announced. No candidate will be required to drop out after the first ballot. A second ballot will be cast and the candidate receiving the lowest number of votes will be eliminated from consideration on subsequent ballots. More successive ballots will be cast and counted with the lowest candidate on each round dropping until one candidate gains a majority.

There will be no balloting for the second nomination until the results are known for the first contest. Four of the candidates have agreed that if they are not chosen for the first nomination they will withdraw from consideration for the second nomination in favor of the winning nominee of the first nomination. It is likely that most of the rest of the field will also agree to that notion and the second nomination will either be by acclamation or through much shorter balloting than for the first.

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