Decision Dice 2 300KENTUCKY (12/18/13) — The process for selecting our political leaders can be a bit challenging for both new and experienced voters.

The concept of political parties runs contrary to common sense for many. But, that is the system we have, and voters have to adapt to the system rather than expecting the system to conform to them. Unfortunately, many citizens never vote or even register to vote because the process is so complicated.

In 2014, Kentucky voters will select most of their local, elected officials as well as state and federal legislators. On, you will not be interrupted with annoying political ads going on and on. We will have political advertisements that you can view to educate yourself; plus, we will be providing as much news coverage as possible for the 2014 primary and general elections.

Right now, the one thing that you should concern yourself is getting registered to vote. Political parties select their candidates for the November General Election in an election in May. This May election is called a Primary Election. The winners of the primary election face off in the November General Election along with any independent candidates that have filed for the office.

To participate in a primary election you must select that political party when you register to vote. In other words, to vote in the Democratic primary election, you must be a registered Democrat. To vote in the Republican primary, you must be a registered Republican. If you are registered as an independent or other, you cannot vote in either Republican or Democratic primary.

When choosing party affiliation, voters are often challenged. A voter may have a friend of another party that will be facing primary opposition. That voter may need to change party so as to be able to support the friend in the primary election. Local primary elections are often won or lost by just a few votes and every vote counts.

Voters register with a particular party for various reasons. Some identify themselves based on issues with national parties. Some identify based on state or local issues and some voters choose a political party because one party dominates their local governments and the election is decided in that party's primary election.

Voters must choose their political party by Dec. 31 and register to vote accordingly. After that, it is too late to register to vote in the 2014 primary election. All registered voters can vote in the general election.

Ron Sanders
SurfKY News your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Weather Sponsored by

1 DOW 16,776.43
+304.06 (1.85%)    
2 S&P 1,987.05
+35.69 (1.83%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,781.26
+73.49 (1.56%)    

Stock Report Sponsored by

In Other News...

Fall Photography Weekend at Pennyrile Forest Begins Oct. 16-18

DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (10/5/15) — Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host its Fall Photography Weekend on Oct.… Read More

Single Vehicle Accident Sends One to Hospital

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (10/5/15) — According to a McCracken County Sheriff's Department report, on Oct. 5, 2015 at 12:47… Read More

Most Read This Week

September 30, 2015 10539

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News
October 01, 2015 7228

UPDATE: Madisonville Woman Charged after Bank…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 29, 2015 6302

UPDATED: Witness Describes Crash at Dawson…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 4558

Four Arrested After Allegedly Exposing Children…

by SurfKY News
October 01, 2015 3359

Clay Man Charged with Burglaries; Two Charged…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

September 16, 2015 12445

Mining Accident Fatality - Update

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 10539

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

October 05, 2015 2801

Four Charged with Drug Offenses after Motel…

by SurfKY News
October 04, 2015 1369

Learning More About Childhood Cancer

by KET
October 05, 2015 1113

'Here's Your Sign'

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
October 05, 2015 926

Juvenile Injured When Vehicle Strikes Electric…

by SurfKY News
October 04, 2015 870

Dave Says - Oct. 4, 2015

by SurfKY News
October 05, 2015 859

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
October 05, 2015 848

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News
October 04, 2015 774

Outdoor Truths - Oct. 4, 2015

by SurfKY News
October 04, 2015 706

Man Dies in Early Morning Traffic Accident

by SurfKY News
October 04, 2015 653

TVA Invites Public to Aquatic Health Surveys

by SurfKY News