Types of Elections: Primary, General & Special


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This is a regularly scheduled, nationwide election used to determine the U.S. president and other political officials:

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1. This is a preliminary election where any registered voter can vote, regardless of political party affiliation, as long as the voter only votes in one party's election:

2. This is a preliminary election where only those voters registered with the political party can vote in that party's election:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test you on the definitions of - and differences between - primary, general and special elections in the United States. Some of the terms you'll be tested on include open primary, semi-open primary and closed primary.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the definitions of:

  • General election
  • Semi-open primary
  • Closed primary
  • Special election
  • Open primary

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related primary, general and special elections lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast features of different types of primaries
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding conditions for a special election and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts:- ensure that you can correctly define various types of elections, such as general election and open primary

Additional Learning

To learn more about primary, general and special elections, review the following lesson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the five types of primary elections
  • Trace the order in which different types of elections are held
  • Understand why special elections need to be called
  • Differentiate between primary and general elections