Why does the government run primary elections instead of the parties?

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    If this question is about a particular country, please tag you question with said country.
    – Joe C
    Jul 31 '20 at 6:55
  • Given the context this must be USA so as Joe C suggested I added that as a tag. E.g. Denmark primaries is just something an assembly does in the party itself Jul 31 '20 at 8:23

In Germany, parties run primaries. They are required by law (and ultimately by the constitution) to follow democratic principles, but they are generally only open to dues-paying party members and the dates are set by the parties.

Often party conventions are called on several levels. Grassroots members elect delegates to a convention, which elects either candidates for local elections or delegates to the federal convention.

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