There have been several articles about what a poor showing there was during early voting and on the actual day to vote in the primary election, but the simple answer was never mentioned. The problem is simple.
Primaries should be open elections. It is a well known fact that first time voters, whether they have just reached the legal age to vote, or have become a new citizen to earn that right, almost always register as No Party Affiliation. Therefore, they cannot vote in the primary.
Primaries are far more important than general elections because you get to choose the candidate of your choice, whereas in a general election, the president is elected by a majority of electoral votes, not the citizens.
Elyn Bushman, Weston