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open primary

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government US a primary in which any registered voter may participate. Compare closed primary

o′pen pri′mary


n.
a direct primary in which voters need not meet a test of party membership.
[1930–35, Amer.]
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Noun1.open primary - a primary in which any registered voter can vote (but must vote for candidates of only one party)
direct primary - a primary where voters directly select the candidates who will run for office
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Proposition 62, sugar-coated with the name ``Voter Choice Open Primary Initiative,'' seeks to import from Louisiana a version of their ``top two'' primary.
Paulus and Keisling advocate an open primary - more open than any that exists in the country today.
CALIFORNIA is in desperate need of political reform, and Proposition 62, the open primary measure on the Nov.
People unwilling to accept an Oregon-style primary, in which only registered party members can participate, placed open primary initiatives on Tuesday's ballot.
Californians for an Open Primary, the bipartisan group behind a statewide measure to change the way candidates are elected, runs its campaign from a sparse, two-room office at 4150 Riverside Drive.
Supreme Court backed the parties, but gave us some very big hints about how to create a legal open primary.
Under the open primary system, voters registered as independents could request a Democratic or Republican ballot and vote in that party's nominating contests.
The parties like to compare Proposition 62, the Voter Choice Open Primary Act, to Louisiana's open primary system and how former Klansman David Duke almost won that state's governorship in 1991.
That's why Democrats and Republicans have gone berserk over Proposition 62, or the Voter Choice Open Primary Act, that will be on the Nov.
Proposition 62 on the November ballot would bring back California's open primary elections.
Californians already approved the open primary in 1996 by a landslide vote of 59.
Now the parties are working together again, trying to thwart a new attempt to set up open primary elections here.