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Civics Chpt 21 vocab. Dont forget to read the book as well.

political party

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

nominate

name them to run for public office

platform

statement of its official stand on major public issues

planks

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

canvass

go door-to-door seeking support for their candidates

precincts

voting districts

patronage

system in which party leaders do favors for local party supporters

straight ticket

voting for the candidates of only one party

split ticket

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

independent voters

people who do not support a particular political party

self-nomination

declaring that you are running for office

write-in candidate

asks voters to write his or her name on the ballot

caucus

meeting of party leaders to discuss issues or choose candidates

direct primary

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

closed primary

primary in which a voter must be registered as a party member in order to vote

open primary

primary in which voters do not need to declare a party before voting

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