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    本报讯   87日是田纳西州2014年中期选举初选的选举日(Election Day),当天将投票选出州一级和联邦一级的共和党及民主党党内候选人(Primary),和各郡市的相关政府人员,投票时间为早7点至晚7点,近百处投票点对民众开放,方便投票人就近投票,晚7点投票结束后立即开始计票,投票结果多于当天晚上公布。

    目前,选举工作已经结束,官方的数据还没有在州选举办公室的网站上刊出,但是各项数据已经出炉。田州华人社区关注的首位华人候选人John Wang顺利通过初选,进入决选(General Election)名单。州长海斯兰和联邦参议员亚历山大都以不小的优势赢得初选,在决选中将毫无悬念地赢得选战。

    谢尔比郡和大孟菲斯地区的田纳西州众议员和参议员的竞选,第29区的共和党James Finney和民主党Lee Harris对决;第27区州参议员由共和党的Ed Jackson将和现任民主党议员Lowe Finney对决;84区民主党的Joe Towns赢得党内初选将无疑当选(没有共和党对手);91区众议员将由共和党的Sam Watkins和民主党的Raumesh Akbari决战;94区共和党的Leigh Wilburn 将代替即将退休的现任议员Rich, Barrett

除此以来,还有五点值得关注:

1. 在普选(General Election)中,您既可以投共和党人,也可以投民主党人。

87日对州和联邦一级政府而言是初选(Primary Election),主要目的是选出共和党和民主党两大党党内候选人,为11月份的普选做准备,因此,87日当天,如果投票人选择共和党进行投票,那么他将只能在共和党候选人中进行投票,而不能对民主党候选人进行投票。而对县市一级政府而言,7日当天则是普选(General Election),需要投票人在所有候选人中,不管是民主党还是共和党,选出自己认为最能胜任该职位的候选人,共和党和民主党候选人名单一般列在投票单的两面,方便投票人进行投票。正式因为7日当天有初选也有普选,所以有了下面一条:

2. 投票人并不一定非要在初选中进行投票。

如果您只愿意参加普选的投票,那么就没必要向投票现场工作人员表明自己是支持共和党还是民主党,只参加县市一级的普选即可。投票单的设计也使得投票人无法在初选时同时选择共和党和民主党候选人,这也意味着,如果你希望参加初选的投票,必须要表明自己的政治立场。

3. 投票人必须持有有效带有照片的证件。

谢尔比郡法律要求投票人必须持有有效的,并且带有照片的身份证件前来投票,这些证件包括由田纳西州政府签发的有效证件,如驾照等,和由联邦政府签发的有效证件,诸如护照、政府雇员证件、军官证等。

4. 谢尔比郡地区检察官和谢尔比郡郡长的选举列在县市一级普选的首位。

谢尔比郡地区检察官(Shelby County District Attorney)的竞争将在现任检察官Amy Weirich和电视法官Joe Brown之间展开,而Brown曾因蔑视法庭而被逮捕过,在竞选过程中一直饱受争议。谢尔比郡郡长位置的争夺将在现任郡长Mark Luttrell和民主党候选人Deidre Malone之间展开,此外还有Leo AwGowhatCharles Nelson作为独立候选人争夺郡长的席位。

5. 美国司法部会派人监督此次整个投票选举过程。

谢尔比郡选举委员会主席Robert Meyers85日致电美国司法部,请求派人监督整个投票选举过程,在随后的电话会议中,美国司法部民权局(Civil Rights Division)确认会派人来监督7日的投票过程。在此前不久,孟菲斯市市议会曾通过了针对谢尔比郡选举委员会选举执行官(Administrator of ElectionsRichard Holden的不信任案,其后不久,联邦调查局即针对Holden及其他六个选举委员会工作人员展开调查。(阳光报道)

It is Election Day! Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday across the Mid-South for the State and Federal Republican and Democratic Primary and Shelby County General Election. The easiest way to find where to vote is by plugging in your address at shelbyvote.com.

Here are five things to help you navigate the voting process:

1. You can vote both Republican and Democrat in the general election

In the county general election, people may switch back and forth between voting for Republican and Democrat candidates. Some voters ask about declaring a party because that is the case with voting in a primary election.

According to Shelby County Election Commission, in a primary election, each party is choosing the candidate that will represent it in the November election, which is why voters must make a party declaration to participate in the primary. This leads to ...

2. You don't have to vote in the primary election

The ballot on Thursday will include the Republican and Democratic Primary and Shelby County General Election. If you only want to vote in the general election, then you don't have to declare your party.

If you do vote in the primary, then you are required to declare a party. It is not possible for one person to vote in the primaries of both parties. The voter access card will not allow it.

3. Voters are required to show photo identification

In Shelby County, voters are required to show photo identification when they arrive at the polls. Accepted forms of identification include any photo ID issued by the State of Tennessee— including drivers' licenses—and photo IDs issued by the federal government. This includes U.S. passports, government employee identification cards, and military ID cards. Find out if you're registered to vote on shelbyvote.com.

4. The general election part of the ballot will be topped by the Shelby County District Attorney and County Mayor races

One of the most talked about races will also be one of the first races on the ballot: Democratic challenger and former TV judge Joe Brown facing incumbent DA Amy Weirich. Brown has been arrested for contempt of court and made controversial comments since his campaign. He continues to tie her to the untested rape kit backlog. Weirich has said, "I think my record does speak for itself ... The fact that I've been a career prosecutor in the office for 23 years."

Additionally, Democratic candidate Deidre Malone, who says she stands for creating jobs and a better economy in Shelby County, will face incumbent Mark Luttrell (R). He is campaigning by sharing the progress the county has made with job growth and fighting blight. Independent candidates Leo AwGowhat and Charles Nelson are also running. To see the full sample ballot go to shelbyvote.com.

5. U.S. Department of Justice is sending representatives to watch over the election

Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Robert Meyers requested federal monitors during a phone call at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Later during a conference call with Meyers and Administrator of Elections Richard Holden, representatives from the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division confirmed that they would monitor.

A Memphis City Council committee passed a "no confidence" vote against Holden in January; a couple of weeks after that, the FBI launched an investigation into Holden and six other election workers.

 


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