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chapter 9

vocab

TermDefinition
political party an association of voters with board common interests who want to influence or control decision making in government by election by electing the party's candidates to public office
two-party system a system of government in with two parties compete for power
third party a party challenges the two parties
platform a series of statements expressing the party's principles, beliefs, and positions on election issues
plank each individual part of a political party's platform
national committee representatives from the 50 state party organizations who run a political party
caucus a meeting of political party 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 control political appointments and deliver
direct primary an election in which voters chose 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 members
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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