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- Even though the vast majority of people themselves are not paying their dues to a political party, people still claim to be part of a party
- And even when an individual does not claim to be part of a party, their voting patterns usually identify what electorate to which party they are
- It is mostly based on perception
- The average voter is mostly in the middle when it comes to issues, so political parties themselves don't stray from that in order to remain one of the two popular; they tried to remain within popular appeal
- With the average voter, especially with the main parties (Democrat and Republican), they want to show that there really is one or the other.
- In displaying that there is one choice or the other, it helps facilitate influence with the two main parties, with the obvious that third parties rarely get elected at the national level, and sometimes on the state and local level
- In terms of participation, they have some influence, but it is starting to wane slightly with the upcoming generations. The millennials barely participated in voting in the 2016 election. Especially with the Democratic party, who they believe was corrupt due to the nomination of Clinton versus Sanders, which millennials supported.
- In terms of a democratic government, it is potentially beneficial because it does organize what people believe in, but does not help in the process of government, specifically since parties themselves don't encourage much cooperation between parties in determining and making laws, as well as the representation of parties only focuses on their ideology and the not representation of all people in their constituency and the United States as a whole, since they themselves are supposed to serve their community as a civil servant, not their party.