Blanket Primary Law and Legal Definition

Blanket Primary is a primary election in which the names of all the candidates for all the parties are on one ballot. In a Blanket Primary, voters may pick one candidate for each office without regard to party lines; for instance, a voter might select a Democratic candidate for governor and a Republican candidate for senator. The candidates with the highest votes by party for each office advance to the general election, as the respective party's nominee. Compared to other primary systems, the blanket primary is less restrictive for voters because it does not limit them to selecting from only one party's candidates.