Baffled on Election Questions

RECEIVED Tue., Jan. 17, 2006

Dear Editor,
    We have a couple of questions. We always vote in primaries and elections city-, state-, and nationwide, and we are a little baffled on the following questions. Luckily, we aren't alone, no one else seems to know the answer either.
    OK, I understand to vote for Carole Keeton Strayhorn we cannot vote for a governor in the primaries, however can we vote for anything else or do we have to skip it all together?
    Second: How, when, and where do we vote for her?
Glenn and Kathy Jackson
   [News Editor Michael King responds: According to the Texas Election Code, if you wish to sign a petition for any independent candidate, you must not vote in any primary for which a candidate is listed for that office – so if you wish to sign a petition to get Carole Keeton Strayhorn (or any other independent candidate, e.g., Kinky Friedman) on the ballot, do not vote (at all) in any primary election or run-off. Signatures will be collected during a defined period after the primaries. Only one signature will count; should you sign two petitions, only the first one will count. Presuming your candidate gathers sufficient signatures to be listed on the November ballot, you can vote for that candidate on Nov. 7, in the general election.]
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