Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Political Science


Political Science

Major Professor

Day, Christine

Second Advisor

Chervenak, Edward E.

Third Advisor

Montjoy, Robert S.


Using the 1990, 1994 and 1998 Congressional mid-term elections, this study looks at whether the type of primary system in a person's state has an effect on whether or not that person will vote in the general election. The five types of primary systems (closed, semi-closed, semiopen, open and blanket) are explained as well as traditional factors for likelihood of voting. It is hypothesized that the more closed the primary system, the less likely a person is to vote. Data analysis shows that when significant, living in an open primary state does significantly increase the likelihood that a person will vote. However, primary type was significant in only six of the nine models studied here.


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