Today, the residents of Clay County head to the polls to decide who will appear on the General Election ballot in November.
In the primary election, voters select to cast their ballots for either the Republican or Democratic party on a straight-ticket ballot.
For example, a voter choosing to vote on the Republican ticket will not be able to vote for or against any of the candidates from the Democratic party for any open position, and vice versa.
In each race, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes for their respective party will move on to be on the ballot for the 2008 General Election on Nov. 4.
However, there are a few exceptions this year.
Winners of each respective school board district in today's election will take their seats, effective July 1.
Also, in the case of the Clay County Council, where six candidates (two Republican, four Democrat) are vying for three open spots, only one on the Democratic side will not be moving on.
"The top three Democrats running for County Council will be on the General Election ballot," Clay County Clerk Mary Brown said. "The Republicans will have an opportunity to add another candidate to this race during their caucus."
Both parties will hold caucuses in June with the potential of placing a candidate in a race that may be uncontested following the results of the Primary Election.
In a general election, voters are allowed to vote on the candidate of their choice, regardless of party affiliation.
Despite action to eliminate it, the Voter ID law is still in effect, and in order to vote in this election, all voters must present an ID card that meets four requirements. It must:
* Display the voter's photo,
* Display the voter's name, and the name must conform with the voter registration record,
* Display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election, and
* Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government.
All poll locations will be open until 6 p.m., tonight.