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chapter 9


POLITICAL PARTY An organization of individuals with broad, common interests who organize to win elections, to operate the government, and thereby influence government policy.
TWO-PARTY SYSTEM A system of government in which two parties compete for power.
THIRD PARTY Smalles minor parties.
PLATFORM A series of statements expressing the party's principles, beliefs, and positions on elections issues.
PLANK Each individual part of the platform
NATIONAL COMMITTEE This committee helps raise funds for presidential elections and organizes the party's national convention.
CAUCUS Meetings
PRECINCT A geographic area that contains consist of an entire small town or, neighboring, neighborhoods.
WARD Several geographically connected precints make up a larger election unit.
POLITICAL MACHINE A strong party organization that can control political oppaintments and deliver votes.
DIRECT PRIMARY An election in which voters choose candidates to represent each party in a general election.
CLOSED PRIMARY An election in which only the declared members of a party are allowed to vote for that party's nominees.
OPEN PRIMARY Voters do not need to declare their party preference in order to vote for the party's nominees.
PLURALITY The most votes among all those running for a political office.
MAJORITY A number that is more than 50 percent of the total votes.
PETITION A process by which candidates who are not affiliated with one of the two major parties can get on the ballot for the general election in most states.
Created by: ILIANAE