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Loyal party members can resent the idea of someone with no allegiance to the party selecting its most important nominee, Berg-Andersson says.The political parties have four basic forms of voting for their presidential nominees: open primaries, closed primaries, open caucuses, and closed caucuses.Beyond these four variations, there's even greater complexity in the nominating system — like "semi-closed primaries," which are open to independents but not voters affiliated with other parties; and state-specific rules with different registration deadlines to sign up to vote.And, you can wear it on the left side, right side, either way up or however, as long as, in the words of the Royal British Legion, you "wear it with pride".As Bernie Sanders has suffered a series of stinging defeats over the last few weeks, he has trained his criticism on one barrier to his candidacy: the closed primary."And the way they understood that was: If non-Democrats could vote in Democratic primaries, it would dilute the influence Democratic voters could exert." But some states, including Wisconsin, had already been holding "open primaries," in which anyone could vote, since the early 20th century.
Wisconsin defended its open primary against the DNC in front of the Supreme Court — and won.
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One of those reforms was a requirement that all of the states that held primaries should hold binding closed primaries, says Andrew Busch, a political scientist at Claremont Mc Kenna College.
"Their driving mantra was: We want maximum meaningful participation by Democratic voters," Busch says.
This patchwork's origins lie with the 1968 Democratic National Convention, when Hubert Humphrey, a candidate who never officially ran in a primary, wound up getting the nomination.