Election offers voters choices

Editor:

In the May 20 primary election voters will choose the candidates for the November 2014 ballot for county, state and federal offices.

There are multiple Republican candidates for Linn County commissioner (two), U.S. senator (five) and governor (five).

There are limited Democrat candidate choices; no Democrats have filed for Linn County Commissioner, one for U.S. Senate and one for governor.

You can preview a voters pamphlet online at http://www.oregonvotes.gov/pages/history/archive/may202014/military_vp/votersguide.html.

In Oregon, major party candidates are elected by the people who have chosen to identify themselves as “affiliated” with a particular political party. A person registering as a Republican receives a ballot displaying names of Republican candidates. A person registered as a Democrat receives a ballot displaying names of Democrat candidates.

Choosing a non-affiliated party status means the voter will not receive a ballot to participate in the selection of candidates for either of the major parties, Democrat or Republican.

Ballot measures are decided by every voter casting a ballot. Those include tax, bond and levy measures.

People can register to vote or update their registration through April 29th and the ballot will be sent to that address for the May 2014 primary election.

Do you need to make an update? These three things apply statewide:

1) Have you moved since the last election?

2) Do you want to change your Party affiliation to vote in the May primary?

You can make changes online https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/register.do?lang=eng &source=SOS

3) Did you marry, divorce or change your name?

Answering “yes” to any of the above would require an update in hard-copy form to capture your new signature.

The Linn County Clerk’s office employees are dedicated and helpful. Their office is on the 2nd Floor of the Linn County Courthouse, 300 4th Ave. SW, Albany, OR 97321 or (541) 967-3831.

They will answer any questions you may have about how to register to vote. Other county elections offices will also assist you.

As Abraham Lincoln said, “A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”

An important question, “Do I have to vote for every candidate on the ballot from that party if I choose a party?”

The answer is no. When you vote, you vote as an individual and this is especially true in the primary elections when you have multiple candidates to choose from.

The Linn County Republicans make no candidate endorsements during primary elections, we believe the voters will choose wisely. We would be honored if people decided to register as Republicans to help select our next Republican governor and U.S. Senate candidates.

Christine Ruck

Linn County Republicans

vice chair

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