The Ballot is Confusing!

February 29, 2016

In some states the Presidential Primary ballots are so confusing, people may not vote the way they intended.

Don’t be intimidated. Voting is the fundamental right at the foundation of our Republic. Every vote really does count.

Here is a quick explanation for people voting in States where “delegates” are on the ballot. It does not apply to States that are “winner take all.” In States like Alabama and Texas, many have asked “Who are all these people on the ballot?”  

Each state has a select number of Delegates that attend the Republican National Convention. Delegates are assigned to each candidate, representing the vote for that Congressional district. Think of a delegate as being a person representing a large number of votes for a particular candidate in a Congressional district. 

For politically active individuals, it is a big deal to be a “delegate,” to be able to go to the Convention and stand for their candidate of choice. The Republican platform, what issues the party will stand for, is also decided at the Convention. These individuals, as delegates, want to have a voice.  

If many people in a county or district want to go to the Convention as delegate for the same candidate, the prospective delegates have to “run” against each other for that privilege.

Delegate candidates are ordinary people that are not running for any office, they are merely running for the opportunity to go to the Republican National Convention to represent their candidate of choice.
In states that do not have “winner take all” delegates, each Presidential candidate will show up on the ballot with many people listed underneath them. All the names under each candidate are the people running to go as “delegate” to the Republican National Convention for that candidate.

That is why there are so many names on the ballot. You vote for the Presidential candidate of your choice, and then vote for which person from your district you want to represent them at the convention. Pick the person who has invested money on signs, or who you may know from church. It is important to them, but not important to the overall election.

Most importantly, be sure to go to the back side of the ballot, if there is one. Vote for Judges. We need to watch Judgeship elections carefully. In Alabama the Congressional Race has been pushed to the back. Be sure to go to the back and vote for your Congress and Senate candidates. They are your voice in Washington DC and have great responsibility. Take this responsibility seriously.

Thanks for caring for your nation and having a voice. No matter who you vote for, thanks for voting. 

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 Former Editor in Chief of Conservative Truth, Robin Rowan is a recipient of the 'Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism;" served in Iraq and Washington, DC as an inspector and auditor with the Special Inspector General for Iraq, also formerly with the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General. She is founder of Church4Israel, an online educational ministry fighting anti-semitism. An ordained Minister under MorningStar Fellowship of Ministries, Ms. Rowan is also a political and Middle East analyst, public speaker and a political activist for the US-Israel relationship. She has several presentations on the Middle East and Israel, and Political Activism, available for churches and secular groups. She can be contacted at

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