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.