Dr. Matthew May’s article The Hidden Cost of Primary Systems appeared in the May 1 edition of The Blue Review.
In the article, May explores why fewer state employees are turning out to vote in Idaho’s primary election. Drawing on his own research May suggests that this behavior may be driven, at least partially, by the state’s recent shift to a closed primary system. He writes, “Under the previous “open” system, no record of a voter’s partisan affiliation was kept, leaving them free to participate in the partisan primary of their choice. Under the new “closed” system, voters must publicly declare a partisan affiliation beforehand in order to participate.”