Primary elections for the 2010 cycle have begun. In the primaries, whose dates vary from state to state, voters choose what candidates are going to be on the ballot. Laws regarding primaries and who can participate in them vary from state to state. But what is common across the board is that it is a Christian duty to vote. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that voting is a moral obligation; so does the Second Vatican Council. And common sense tells us the importance of voting in the primaries. After all, if we’re going to complain that the names on the ballot in the General Election are unsatisfactory, we can begin by looking at ourselves, to make sure we did everything possible to get the best candidates onto the ballot in the first place.