Argument: Changing the US primary system will not improve voter turnout

Issue Report: Primaries in US elections


  • Congressional Research Service. “Presidential Nominating Process: Current Issues.” October 24, 2007 – “But some complaints, about low turnout, for example, apply to elections generally, and it is unlikely that nominating reforms would resolve such a fundamental problem. Also, the role of the media and the field of candidates who choose to run are a third category of complaints that stem more from the current political culture than from electoral structure. Changes to the nominating system, even a wholly new method of choosing party candidates, would arguably do little to diminish these and other non-structural complaints.”