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chapter 9


political party an association of voters bored common intersts who want to influence or control decision making in government by electing the party 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 principles beliefs and position on elections issues.
plank each individual part of a political party platform.
national committee is made of representatives from every sate.
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 longer election unit.
political machine a strong party organization that can control political appointments and deliver votes.
direct primary a form of democracy in which the people vote firsthand.
closed primary an election in which only the declared member of a party are allowed to vote for the party nominees.
open primary an election i which voters need not declare their party preference to vote for the party 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.