Post by Quadibloc Post by Kevrob
That's a pretty normal procedure for a special election.
True, but at least the headlines I saw said the candidate
Trump supported lost the primary, not the election.
They're called by-elections in Canada too, but since we don't
have our elections to a schedule like the Americans, there
is a difference between their special elections and our
I think the idea of an all-party primary is silly.
It was essentially run "Louisiana style."
BTW, Edwin Edwards died earlier this month.
A two-stage election that included party primaries could seriously
disadvantage independents (and candidates from other than
the two parties in the duopoly.) As it was, the first round
had 26 candidates. It might take some time to find the
Libertarian or Green candidate in that crowd.
Post by Quadibloc
Since it's happening in Texas, one _could_ consider the
possibility that this is intended to hinder people from voting
who have to take a day off without pay to vote, and so would
only do that for the election and not the primary.
I never had much trouble getting to a polling place
on my way to work, or on my way back, and in an off-year
election, as 2022 will be, I'd rarely have to wait much. I
_bicycled_ to my polling place in Nov 2008, and then continued
on my regular route. I may have warned my employer that
taking time to vote might result in my being a bit late. I
had no car and was 5 miles from the nearest bus stop.
I bet if I had called either of the two major campaigns they
would have set me up with a ride. I was a "young man" in my
Post by Quadibloc
I don't have enough information, though, to eliminate the possibility of
perfectly legitimate reasons instead of voter suppression
in this particular case.
We don't do "snap elections" in the state. The Constitution _mandates_
special elections for House seats. Unlike Senators, who can be appointed
by a governor to finish a term, Reps are always elected. We'll
have a few more of these in the upcoming months.