Open Primary Law & Legal Definition


Open Primary is a primary election in which all registered voters can vote, regardless of which party they have registered under. Whereas, Closed Primary is a primary election in which only those voters who have registered as belonging to a particular political party can vote. For example, if it is a Republican primary election, only those people who are registered Republicans can vote. The election is to choose a particular party’s candidate who will eventually run for office in the general election.