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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 government in which two parties compete for power.
Third Party A party that challenges the two major parties.
Platform A series of statement expressing the party's principles, beliefs, and positions on election issues.
Plank Each individual part of a political party's platform.
Stress To place special importance or emphasis on something.
Promote To encourage the acceptance or recogniation.
National Committee Is the principal organization governing the United States Democratic Party on a day-to-day basis. While it is responsible for overseeing the process of writing a platform every four years.
Caucus A meeting of political party members to conduct party business.
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 choose candidates to respect 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.
Plurality The most votes among all those running for a political office.
Majority A number that is more than 50 percent of the total.
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.
Range A variation between limits.
Adjacent Neighboring or near
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