Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences


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How are primary elections defined?

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1. In which of the following is voter turnout generally higher?

2. How would you define closed voting in primary elections?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

While voting laws vary from state to state, voters choose one presidential candidate from each party through primary elections. These candidates, officially announced at national conventions, run against each other in the general election, held every four years in November. This quiz/worksheet will check your understanding of the presidential election process.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students will be tested on the following information:

  • Steps in the presidential election process
  • Who may vote in nominating elections
  • Differences between different types of voting
  • Ballots for main presidential election

Skills Practiced

The following skills will be practiced:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related political science lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as primary elections and general elections
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the voting and election process when determining a United States president

Additional Learning

The lesson Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences discusses the process of electing a U.S. president. The lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Define the four types of primary elections
  • Examine the national conventions' role in the election process
  • Explain how independent candidates are placed on the ballot