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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to write an introduction for election articles.
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The introductory section of election articles gives basic information about election dates, the incumbent, and other important facts.

Introductory sentence

The first sentence should follow this format: "The 2nd Congressional District of Washington will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012."

Introductory template

Next, the introductory section for congressional district election pages uses the Template:Congintro2012:

|Filing deadline=
|Primary date=
|Voter registration=

Explanation of template components

Filing deadline: The state's filing deadline for candidates

Primary date: The state's primary date

Primary: "STATE has a closed primary/open primary/blanket primary system, in which [INSERT BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF PRIMARY TYPE (See below)]."

Voter registration: "Voters must/had to register to vote in the primary by DATE. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is DATE.[1]"

State: STATE

Incumbent: "Heading into the election the incumbent is [[INCUMBENT]] (R/D), who was first elected to the House in 2000. (S)he is/is not running for re-election in 2012."

Brief descriptions of primary types

  • A closed primary is one in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.
  • An open primary is one in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.
  • A blanket primary is one in which voters pick one candidate for each office, without regard to party.


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