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Chapter 9 Terms

WSHS - C/E - Chapter 9 Terms - Boyd/Tedder

Political party an organization of people who share similar ideas about government policy
Two party system a system of government 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 positions on election issues
Plank each individual part of a political party’s platform
Caucus a meeting of political party members to conduct party business
Political machine a strong party organization that can control political appointments and deliver votes
Open primary an election in which voters need not declare their party preference to vote for the party’s nominees
Direct primary an election in which voters choose candidates to represent each party in a general election
precienct a geographical area that contains a specific number of voters
National committee representatives from the 50 state party organizations who run a political party
Ward several adjoining precincts making up a larger election unit
Closed primary an election in which only the declared members of a party are allowed to vote for that party’s nominees
Petition a formal request for government action; 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
Plurality the most votes among all those running for a political office
Majority a number of is more than 50 percent of the total
Created by: ktedder