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open primary

a direct primary election in which voters need not meet a test of party membership.
Origin of open primary
1930-35, Americanism Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for open primary

open primary

(US, government) a primary in which any registered voter may participate Compare closed primary
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open primary in Culture

open primary definition

A type of direct primary open to voters regardless of their party affiliation. Voters need not publicly declare their party affiliation but must vote for candidates of only one party. The opposite is a closed primary, in which only registered members of a party may vote.

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