MCFDW March 2018 Meeting Civics Corner

Civics: The study of the rights and duties of citizenship

Primary Elections


  • For member of political parties to nominate candidates for the general election.

  • To elect party officers.

Direct or Indirect Primaries

Direct primary:

  • Which is used in some form across the united states.

  • Acts as a preliminary election, in which voters decide the party’s candidate

Indirect primary:

  • Voters elect delegates which who then choose the party candidates at a nominating convention.

  • Both forms of partisan primaries serve the same purpose, selecting candidates that best represent the party by narrowing the field to a single person, which will then move on to the general election.

Primaries allow political parties to select and unite behind one candidate.

The importance of a primary election:

  • Helps prevent “clone” candidates, that split the constituency vote because of their similarities.

  • They allow the voters a chance to help choose the candidate to best represent their interests in the general election and in office if elected.

The importance in voting in the primary

  • This is when the vote counts the most, this is one of the most important phases of an election.

  • The voters decide which candidate represents them, every vote counts. This provides an avenue through which Americans cans take part i