Answering questions

By Staff
Jerry Fancher
Many people have wanted to know why you have to declare in which party's election you want to vote.
The Republican and Democratic primaries are separate elections that the State of Alabama Law's require to be held on the same day.
This is why you have to declare in which party's election you want to vote.
The elections held on June 3, 2008, were for the state's two major parties to determine their candidates in the November general election.
We vote on July 15, 2008, for the positions that require a runoff. There are six weeks between the primaries to give our soldiers ample time to cast their ballots.
The rules for the elections rest within the Alabama Republican and Alabama Democrat Parties within the guidelines of the State of Alabama Election Laws.
As Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Executive Committee, I have the duty of certifying the results of the Republican vote in Franklin County.
I report the official results to the Alabama Republican Party. Our Chairman, Rep. Mike Hubbard, then reports the Republican Candidates to the Secretary of State.
These names will appear on the runoff elections in July.
Several have wanted to know, if they voted in the Democratic primary, does the pledge that is on the bottom of the Democratic Ballot prevent them from splitting the ticket in November?
Alabama Election Law's do not prevent you from splitting your vote in November.
Why do we have to vote for commissioners from other districts?
A vote was held on this question a few elections ago.
The wording was confusing and the measure failed to pass. I believe that most Franklin County voters would like to have the issue on the ballot again with language that was understandable.
I support the commissioners being elected by districts, not at large.
Jerry Fancher is Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Executive Committee. He can be reached via email at jfanchergop@yahoo.com.

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