Closed-primary



noun
1.
a direct primary in which only persons meeting tests of party membership may vote.
noun
1.
(US, government) a primary in which only members of a particular party may vote Compare open primary

A type of direct primary limited to registered party members, who must declare their party affiliation in order to vote. The closed primary serves to encourage party unity and prevent members of other parties from infiltrating and voting to nominate weak candidates. (Compare open primary.)

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