In addition to statewide questions on the primary ballots, Richmond County voters also will see a few questions from the local party organizations.
Most of the local questions are on the Republican ballot.
Republican Party Chairman Bob Finnegan emphasized that the questions are nonbinding and are meant to help political leaders gauge public interest in certain issues.
“It’s like a poll,” Finnegan said. “We are just looking for information.”
The Republican Party questions seek voter opinions on wide array of topics, from limiting school board terms to paying to move residents of the blighted Hyde Park neighborhood, and even betting on horse racing.
Finnegan said the racing question grew out of a statewide question on legalizing casino gambling.
Another issue that both parties seem interested in is partisan elections in local races. The Republicans want to know how voters feel about making several county offices nonpartisan contests, meaning the candidates would not have to qualify with either party in order to run.
The lone local Democratic question, however, asks voters whether elections for some city offices should be partisan contests, meaning the candidates would have to declare a party in order to run.
Whatever the results, Finnegan said, the questions might or might not be used to introduce new local legislation. He said voters should not be under the impression they are voting for a new law.
“They are not binding in any way,” he said.