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Chapter 9 & Stuff

political party an organization of individuals who with broad, common interests who organize to win ellections
two-party system a system of government in which two parties compete for power
third party smaller minor parties
platform a series of statements expressing the party's principles, beliefs, and position on election issues.
plank each individual part of the platform
national committee a party of representatives from each state
caucuses meetings of the state and local party organizations
precinct a geographic area that contains a specific number off voters
ward several geographically connected precincts party members make up a larger party unit
political machine a local party organization becomes so powerful that year after year its candidates sweep almost every election
direct primary an election in which voters choose candidates to represent each party in a general election
closed primary only 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 candidate with the largest number among a office
majority more then 50% of the total votes
petition a formal request for government action, candidates who are not affiliated with either of the two major parties can get on the ballot for the general election in most states
Created by: roberthowell