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Political Process 2

Political Parties and The Electoral Process

TermDefinition
political party is an organization that tries to elect its members to political office
political spectrum the continuum of social and political beliefs
nomination process the naming of candidates for elective office
electorate the body of people entitled to vote or register to vote
one party system a single political party controls government
two party system two major parties controls government
multiparty system several parties compete for control of government
third party is a political party in a two party system besides the two major ones
independent candidate a candidate who is not associated with the major parties
precinct is the smallest unit for administering elections
ward is a voting district made up of several precincts
United States has a two party system
hard money money donated to an individual campaign
soft money money given to a party
direct primary the party's candidate for election is chosen directly by voters
closed primary only voters registered to a party may vote for a candidate to represent their party
open primary any registered voter can vote in either party's primary
absentee ballot a ballot submitted on or before the election by a voter who cannot be present
secret ballot voting in private
Created by: drichardson19