State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
During Tuesday’s primary election, voters are not allowed to split the ticket. Voters must choose candidates from a single political party. Here are details in a memo I received from the Legislative Reference Bureau:
To: Senator Mary Lazich
From: Legislative Reference Bureau, Reference Section
Subject: Primary Elections
The Legislative Reference Bureau has received multiple requests for information, both from legislative offices and the general public, regarding
Below is a brief discussion of the issue, mainly excerpted from the 2009-2010 Wisconsin Blue Book, page 885. We hope this information may be useful in answering inquiries from constituents or the media.
Primary Elections. Until 1905,
Partisan September Primary. The purpose of the September partisan primary is to select a party’s nominees for the general election in November. In a partisan primary, the voter may vote on the ballot of only one political party (unlike the general election where it is possible to select any party’s candidate for a particular office). Some voters express frustration that their choices are limited because they are not permitted to vote for candidates of more than one party. It is important to remember that the primary is a nominating device for the political parties; its purpose is to nominate the candidates that one political party will support against the nominees of the other parties in the general election.
Most states have a closed primary system that requires voters to publicly declare their party affiliation before they can receive the primary ballot of that party.
Candidates must appear on the primary ballot, even if unopposed, in order to be nominated by their respective parties. The candidate receiving the largest number of party votes for an office becomes the party’s nominee in the November election. (In the case of a special election, which is held at a time other than the general election to fill a vacated partisan office, a primary is not held if there is no more than one candidate for a party’s nomination.)