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This page documents the modern primary electoral system as a generic non-design for broad-based decision guidance.


  1. ^ The term "primary election" conventionally designates a voting-based practice.
  2. ^ Assuming that the nomination hustings were operative by this date. This is the date of the Crown and Parliament Recognition Act, following on the Glorious Revolution (1688) and the Bill of Rights (1689). It serves as the default date of origin for institutions of modern democracy that have no more definite origin. Here we are speaking of institutions in the modern era, not antiquity or the middle ages; and institutions in large states, not city states.
  3. ^ The candidate is a person.
  4. ^ Primaries are typically open to all members of the party.
  5. ^ This is the typical case as practiced in the US, with the primary serving to select a candidate for a single-winner election.
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  7. ^ "A primary election is an election that narrows the field of candidates before an election for office."6 In the general case, however, the primary election the narrows the field only in regard to one political party. Rather than attempt to guide the election as whole, it merely decides which candidate the party will endorse. This makes it a simple decision system.
  8. ^ It is a traditional practice, long established; though the name "primary" appears to be younger and of US origin.6
  9. ^ Once voiced or cast, the primary elector's vote cannot be altered.
  10. ^ A primary elector's choices might be unbounded during nomination, but are more limited when voting comes around. Write-in candidates might be possible, but are not allowed in common practice.