Super Tuesday is upon us

Many UA students will have a chance Tuesday to really get their civic duty on. Two elections will invite students to participate in the political process: one is for our very of Student Government Association, and the other is Alabama’s primary election.

While voting in the SGA election is relatively straightforward, here are some things you need to know before heading to the polls on Tuesday.

First, it’s important to note that the election coming up is a primary election, as opposed to a general election. Broadly speaking, the purpose of a primary is for members of the two major political parties to choose their nominees to later run in the general election. In other words, no one will actually be elected to office on Tuesday.

Alabama is part of a relatively large group of states holding primaries or caucuses on March 1, called “Super Tuesday” because of the large number of delegates up for grabs in each party.

In Alabama, we have open primaries, meaning you don’t have to be a registered party member to vote in either party’s primary. Further, if you voted in the Democratic primary last go-around, you are more than free to jump into the GOP pool this time. Depending on which party you choose, as well as which district you are registered in, your ballot will look a little different when you grab your pen and head into the booth.

If you would like to see a sample ballot for your district, or if you need to figure out your polling place, Secretary of State’s office has a relatively user-friendly website at

Lastly, remember as you head to the polls, do not vote for Donald Trump.

Mark Hammontree is a senior majoring in elementary education-language arts. His column runs biweekly.

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