Students have many questions about the elections process - especially about the Florida "Presidential Preference Primary". This guide should answer your questions.
1. What is the Presidential Preference Primary (PPP)?
The PPP is an election where voters in each political party are able to select their preferred candidate to represent their party as President of the United States in the November general election. So, all registered Republicans vote for their preferred Republican candidate for President; all registered Democrats vote for their preferred Democratic candidate for President; the winners within each party then go on to compete against each other in the November general election.
2. Who can vote in the PPP?
Only people who are registered with a political party, such as Republicans or Democrats, can vote in a PPP. If you are not registered with a political party, then you cannot vote in the PPP (at least, in the state of Florida; other states may be different).
3. When is the PPP?
The PPP voting takes place on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, you don't have to wait until March 15 to vote; you can also request to "vote-by-mail" so that your ballot is mailed to your Stetson address, or you can go to "early voting" at the Supervisor of Elections office in Downtown DeLand from March 5-12 between 8am-5pm.
4. Who can I vote for in the PPP?
If you are registered with a political party, then you can only vote for candidates for President within your party. Currently, the remaining candidates for Republicans are (in alphabetical order) Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump; for Democrats, the remaining candidates are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. If you aren't sure which candidate you agree with most on issues of public policy, we recommend taking the free online quiz iSideWith before you vote.
5. Where are the voting locations in the PPP?
- If you are voting by mail, then you don't need to go anywhere except the Stetson Post Office.
- If you are voting early (March 5-12, 8am-5pm), you must vote at the Supervisor of Elections office in Downtown DeLand at 125 W. New York Ave.
- If you are voting on the last possible day (March 15, 7am-7pm), you must vote at your precinct; students who are registered using their on-campus address must vote at precinct #218, which is Christ Community Church at 402 W. New York Ave.