Every primary election the same question is repeated like a bad Internet rumor, "I want to vote for candidates from both parties, why must I chose only one party in the primary?" And the answer is; a primary election is held so the party may select its representative for the General Election.

The Democratic and Republican parties are protective of who participates in their respective primaries. Of course they are inclusive of all voters and accept all those who request a ballot. But it is the voters who must select one party in which they vote during the primary.

This distinction of parties has been blurred by the use of joint primary elections where shared polling places, equipment and election workers reduce the cost of conducting the election. Although the costs are shared, the voting is not. Separate sign-in sheets for each party are kept and the voting equipment has separate ballots.

The easiest way to think of this is every voter is entitled to one vote. You cast your vote based upon your choice. So you may chose either Republican or Democrat Election, but not both. Once you make your selection of party you are entitled to participate in the party process of conventions held after the election.

Just remember, come the General Election you are no longer restricted to one party and may vote for any candidate on your ballot. You may not vote for more than one candidate for each office.