Primary Elections

Definition: Mini-election, in which you can become a party’s nominee

 

Primary vs. Caucus

Primary: private voting all day long

Caucus: public voting at a specific time

 

Who can vote?

  1. Closed Primary: Only registered party members can vote
  2. Semi-closed Primary: Registered party members and independent can vote, but independent have to decide in which primary they want to vote in
  3. Open Primary: any citizen can pick a primary to vote in

 

Who gets to vote when?

Primaries are between January and July in the year of the election

 

Votes that are not votes

The electorate does not vote for the candidate directly

Super delegates: party establishment e.g. high party officials, ex-President, who can vote for whoever they want.