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Political Parties

An organization of citizens who wish to influence and control government by getting their members elected to office

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Nominate

Name candidates to run for public office

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Platform

A statement of the party's official stand on major public issues

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Planks

Position statements on each specific issue in a party's platform

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Canvass

To go door to door handing out information and asking people which candidates they support

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Precincts

Voting districts

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Patronage

The system in which party leaders perform favors for loyal supporters of the party

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Straight ticket

A ballot cast for all the candidates of one party

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Split ticket

The practice of voting for candidates of more than one party on the same ballot

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Independent voters

Those who do not support a particular political party

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Self nomination

Declaring that you are running for office

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Write in candidate

One who asks voters to write his or her name on the ballot

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Caucas

A meeting of party leaders to discuss issues or to choose candidates

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Direct primary

An election in which members of a political party choose candidates to run for office in the name of the party

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Closed primary

A primary in which he voted must be registered as a party member and may vote in that party's primary

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Open primary

A primary in which voters do not need to declare a party before voting but they may vote and only one party's primary