What is the difference between the Primary and General Elections?
A Primary Election is the first step in the election process. Primary Elections are held for partisan offices (Democrat, Republican, DC Statehood Green, Libertarian) so that voters registered with the major parties can choose their party's representative to the General Election.
The General Election is the second, and final, step in the election process. All public offices in the District of Columbia, including partisan and nonpartisan offices, are elected through the General Election process. All registered voters, including independents, may vote in the General Election.
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