People votingHere in TX21, after 30+ years of Republican “representation” under Lamar Smith, we have the once-in-a-generation opportunity to choose a Democrat to represent us.

Voting in the Democratic primary is critical. Yet a phenomenon exists wherein Democrats vote in the Republican primary. One reason given is that doing so represents an attempt to select a “moderate” Republican to run against the Democrat in the general election. Another reason stated is that in TX21’s Hill Country counties, there are often no Democrats running in local county elections.

Daniel Cohen of Indivisible Houston wrote this compelling post about why Democrats must NEVER vote in a Republican primary. This goes for all you Independents too. We are at a critical juncture in our country and our progressive voices must be heard at the polls on primary election day.

Early voting for the primary election starts February 20. Election day is March 6.

4 thoughts on “Why Vote in the Democratic Primary?

    1. Hi Susan! Thanks for the question. The primary in Texas is what’s called an open primary. That means anyone can vote on either the Republican or Democratic ticket. When you go to cast your vote, you will choose which ballot you will use. This post is about Democrats/progressives/independents who cast their vote in the Republican primary, thinking they can somehow bring a more moderate Republican to the general election in November. I think we can look around at our state and national leadership and see that this tactic has failed. Please let me know if you have other questions!

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    1. Thanks for the question Pam. The most comprehensive source for information about all the candidates, including those running for Congressional District 21, is the League of Women Voters. They have a website vote411.org that allows you to put in your address and see candidate-submitted information about all races that are pertinent to you. The four Dems running for to replace Lamar are (alphabetically by first name) Derrick Crowe, Elliott McFadden, Joseph Kopser, and Mary Wilson. They all have their own websites too. Please let me know if you have additional questions!

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