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chapter 9

political party an association of voters with broad common interests who want to influence or control decision making in government by electing that 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 statements expressing that party's principles, beliefs, and position on election issues
plank each individual part of a politicians party's platform
national committee representative form the 50 states party organization who run a political party
caucus a meeting of political party members to conduct party business
precinct a geographic ares 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 appointment and delivers votes
direct primary an election in which voters choose candidates to represent each party in a general election
closed primary an election in which only the declared member of a party are allowed to vote for that party nominees
open primary an election in which voters need not declare their party preference of the legal thinking behind a courts decision in a case
plurality the most votes among all those running for political office
majority in both the house of representatives and the senate, the political party to which more that half the members belong
petition 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
Created by: stephanieroel1