I am concerned for myself.
For one, I am very enthusiastic about today, the primary for many states, and for the state I am in, in which this primary will determine the presidential election on Nov 8, 2016.
For two, I am in no way eligible to even vote.
For three, I am probably more excited than any born, bred, fed citizen of this country about the elections
For four, I am more excited than my own country’s elections (it’s in another two years and who know if it’s gonna be a “blackout” win?)
I asked my roommate whether she was going to vote and she said she wasn’t (She had to travel in the morning so she’d be out of town so she’s forgiven) (System is still screwed up to do it on a Tuesday of all days)
Okay maybe most of you guys don’t understand the level of your presidency in comparison to other countries or you probably don’t care anyway. This is my final attempt of throwing in what I’ve got, factually. So I’m going to break it down to you Voting 101:
1) What are primaries and how is it different from Nov 8, 2016?
Primaries are a determination of the main candidate who will be running their respective parties. Who ends up winning the nomination will likely be running the presidential election leading up to Nov 8.
2) How does our vote influence the delegate count for nomination?
The percentage of voters for each candidate would divide the delegate count proportionally. However, this is more so for the Democrats. So if 100 voters came, and 20% voted for A, 20% voted for B and 60% for C and there were 10 delegates, A, B and C would get 2, 2, 6 delegates respectively.
Republicans have a “winner-takes-all” or “winner-takes-most” policy, meaning depending on how the votes turn out, the more favored candidate takes most of the delegates into their count, making them more likely to get the nomination rather than a marginalized count for the Democrats. (They probably teach you all these in school, so I’m gonna refresh your memoriesssss)
3) Why would Wisconsin matter?
Wisconsin has its critical role in the voting arena despite its inconspicuous identity on the map (one kid said he wanted to build a bridge in Wisconsin – see here link)
Wisconsin is an open primary state, which means that voters can vote for any party they want and not tied down to the party they registered for.
The Democrats have 86 pledged delegates and 10 superdelegates, which if you want to know who I’m rooting for, it’s no other than Bernie Sanders. Wisconsin can really push the delegate count for Bernie, who’s 701 delegates/superdelegates count behind Clinton. (and there are 2042 delegates available). With the latest sweep for Sanders a couple weeks ago, I can hope that it would be a ripple effect for the future primaries.