If I choose a party, do I have to vote for all their candidates?
No. A voter's statement of party preference is in no way binding. Voters may choose whichever candidates they wish in secrecy without regard to party preference in the general election. A primary is an election that takes place within each official political party. No one is elected in a primary election. Instead, voters affiliated with political parties select their party's candidates for the general election. Only voters who register with a party may vote in a primary election, and only the official parties hold primaries.

For example, if you are registered to vote as a Republican, for example, in the primary election, your vote will help choose the Republican Party's nominees for various offices. Since you, as a registered Republican, are selecting your party's candidate to run against candidates from other parties in the general election, you will be given a ballot with only Republican candidates to choose from. You will not see the names of any Democratic or other candidates on your primary election ballot.

In the general election, which decides who will actually fill the offices, all voters get ballots listing all of the candidates. For more information, please call the Auditor’s Office at 563-245-1106.

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1. Do I have to choose a party in order to register and to vote?
2. If I choose a party, do I have to vote for all their candidates?
3. Can I vote for a Republican for one office and a Democrat for another?
4. Can I write in a candidate of one party in the other party's primary?
5. Can a candidate be nominated as a write in?