Washington, D.C., September 5, 2008 – This Tuesday voters in a number of states, including New York, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia, will go to the polls and vote in their state primary. While the number of people who vote in these primaries are low, their influence on the political landscape is considerable since they determine each party’s candidate for Congressional, State, and local office.
While most citizens only follow the general election, the primary is the important first step in the American electoral process. The purpose of the state primary is for each party to select its candidates for the available public offices. Up until the primary, candidates compete with others in the same party for the party endorsement. Democrats battle Democrats and Republicans battle Republicans.
In order to build an influential voice for the Iranian American community in the U.S. political process, it is essential that eligible Iranian Americans contribute to this process and vote in their upcoming primaries. As a community, it is important to develop the habit of voting in every primary and general election so Iranian Americans can be recognized as active participants in American civic life.