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Executive Committee races explained

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There are names you'll see on your ballot that haven't gotten that much attention. There are names you'll see on your ballot that haven't gotten that much attention.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

You've seen the TV ads and campaign signs all over for the big races in Tuesday's primary.

However, there are names you'll see on your ballot that haven't gotten that much attention.

Voters will be asked to choose who they want to serve on the state Republican or Democratic executive committees - but do you know what they do?

Before a candidate even makes it on the ballot, they have to go through the committee first to qualify.

If you claim to be a Democrat or Republican, you have to prove it to committee before they decide to throw their support behind a candidate.

The committee oversees the election process to make sure a candidate doesn't violate party rules.

They also monitor election results as the votes come in to make sure there aren't any irregularities.

On the Democratic ballots, you'll see women and men split up in districts. This has apparently been a committee rule going to the 60s and 70s, coming from the women's rights movement.

According to the Democratic Chair for Madison County, it's a way to ensure diversity in the party.

"Both parties had a long history of keeping people out and what we want to do is include more people in the political process so right now, this is a way that women's voices are heard at the state level," Clete Wetli, Madison County Democratic Chairman.

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