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Getting ready for August vote

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By Jim Clark

You have to wonder about the people running our state government when they set an election before Labor Day, just at the end of August.

That's the case this year as we have the primary day next Tuesday, Aug. 26.

And the term primary is misleading. In some cases, where people from only one party are running, this is the actual election.

Party labels at this level are somewhat meaningless, yet we're saddled with those labels determining who can vote for certain candidates.

Remember, if only members of one party (around here, usually Democrats) are running for a certain office, everyone, regardless of party affiliation, may vote for them. But if there are people from two parties running, only Democrats can vote for Democrats, since the winner will face a Republican in the November general election.

Confused? So were we, so we tried to put together a chart on the front to let you know who you can vote for (or against) this time around, to go along with a story Pat Hibbs put together.

Best solution? Just go to the polls on Tuesday and vote for whoever they let you vote for.

Incidentally, if you want to get a last look at the candidates, there's a political rally scheduled for the Williston Community Center on Saturday, put on by AARP. Check the schedule on the front page. Included in that rally, if they all show, are some of those who won't be on the ballot until November, so it does pay to take advantage of this event.

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Jim Clark is the editor of the Williston Pioneer Sun News. He can be reached at editor@willistonpioneer.com or at 528-3343.