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Chap. 9

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