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civics chapter 9

political party an association of voters with broad common interests who want to influence or control decision making in government by electing the party's candidates to public office
two-party system a system of governement in which two parties compete for power
third party a party that challenges the two major parties
platform a series of statements expressing the party's principles, beliefs, and postions on election issues
plank each individual part of a political party's platform
national committee representatives from the 50 state party organizations who run a political party
caucus a meeting of political party members to conduct party buisness
precinct a geographic area that contains a specific number of voters
ward several adjoining precincts making up a larger election unit
political machine a strong party organization that can control political appointments and deliver votes
direct primary an election in which voters chose candidates to represent each party in a general election
closed primary an election in which only the declared memebers of a party are allowed to vote for that party's nominees
plurality the most votes among all those running for a political office
majority a number that is more than 50 percent
petition a formal request for government action
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