Closed primary

1. Partisan primary election in which the voter receives a ballot containing only those party-specific contests pertaining to the political party with which the voter is affiliated, along with non-party-specific contests presented at the same election. Unaffiliated voters may be permitted to vote only on non-party-specific contests.

Source: Election Terminology Glossary - Draft, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),

2. Primary election in which voters receive a ballot listing only those candidates running for office in the political party with which the voters are affiliated. In some states, non-partisan contests and ballot issues may be included. In some cases, political parties may allow unaffiliated voters to vote in their party’s primary.

Source: Glossary of terms database, U.S. Election Assistance Commission,