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chapter 9 vocabulary


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 Political Party
a system of government in which two parties compete for power Two-Party System
a party that challenges the two major parties Third Party
a series of statements expressing the party's principles, beliefs, and positions on election issues Platform
each individual part of a political party's platform Plank
representatives from the 50 states party organizations who run a political party National Committee
a meeting of political party members to conduct party business Caucus
a geographic area that contains a specific number of voters Precinct
several adjoining precincts making up a larger election unit Ward
a strong party organization that can control political appointments and deliver votes Political Machine
an election in which voters choose candidates to represent each party in a general election Direct Primary
an election in which only the declared members of a party are allowed to vote for that party's nominees Closed Primary
an election in which voters need not declare their party preference to vote for the party's nominees Open Primary
the most votes among all those running for a political office Plurality
a number that is more than 50 percent of the total Majority
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 Petition
Created by: whitneybutler