PRIMARYis an election in which candidates are nominated. The nominees of each party are then placed on the ballot for the general election. In order to vote in a partisan primary election, you must register with a political party. Voters who have registered Unaffiliated are only allowed to vote in a primary election when the Party allows them to vote in their primary.
GENERAL ELECTIONis an election in which candidates are elected. All registered voters are eligible to vote in a general election.