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Chapter 9

TermDefinition
Political party an association of voters with broad common interest who want to influence or control decisions 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 parties 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 apart of a political party's platform
National committee representative from the 50 state party organization who run a political party
Caucuses 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 represent 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
Open primary an election in which voters need not declare their party preference to vote for the 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.
 

 



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