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Voters cannot cross party lines in primary election Tuesday

By By Sherry Digmon
Advance Staff Writer
Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to determine which candidates will square off in the run-off and general election.
Although party affiliation does not matter, voters may not cross party lines in the primary elections, according to Circuit Clerk Ken Taylor.
Voters will be asked Tuesday if they are voting Republican or Democratic. At that time, they will be given one of two ballots, according to the party they specify.
In the run-off election, June 27, voters will have to specify one party, but in the general election, November 7, voters will be allowed to vote across party lines.
Voters will have the opportunity to vote for male and female delegates to the parties' national conventions. In the past, delegates were voted on at large, but now are divided by gender on the ballot to ensure a more even number of males and females.
There is one amendment on the ballot. Although it does not apply to Escambia County, law requires that it is voted on state-wide.
Thursday, June 1, is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot, Taylor said. If the application gets to the clerk's office by 4:30 that day, the voter can still obtain a ballot and be able to vote absentee.
The polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Tuesday.
Below are Republican and Democratic sample ballots.