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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


name them to run for public office


statement of its official stand on major public issues


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


go door-to-door seeking support for their candidates


voting districts


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


declaring that you are running for office

write-in candidate

asks voters to write his or her name on the ballot


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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