chapter 8 section 2

  1. how many levels of parties, what are they, and how many are there in each?
    3 levels, 50 state parties, 1000s of local parties, 1 national party
  2. do you have to declare your party in votes?
    in many states, yes.
  3. independent
    not supporting any 1 party, support party bcuz they agree with most ideas
  4. Are the republican and democratic parties open or closed?
    open meaning they welcome whoever and allow different amounts of support
  5. are there duties or obligations involved in being in a party?
    besides voting, no. parties are a way to influence goverment if desired.
  6. precinct
    voting district where voters cast ballots at same polling place: range in size
  7. precinct captain
    volunteer who organizes other ppl to distribute info about party
  8. ward
    several adjoining precincts
  9. party county comm characteristics
    most united, least influential
  10. chair of party comms job
    handles daily affairs, key figure in party vote, key person for advice for governor if from the same party
  11. state central comm
    chooses state party chair, usually composed of reps from party org, elect party cands, assist local partiees, raise money: most important part of party
  12. national convention
    meets every 4 years to nominate pres and vp cands.
  13. national committee
    group composed of reps from state orgs that run party between conventions
  14. 2 main parts of national party org
    national convention and national comm
  15. campaign comms
    assist ppl in reelection and prvide resources to beat other party
  16. political parties jobs
    • recruit cands
    • inform public
    • help operate govt=link between leg and chief exec
    • dispense partonage
    • be the loyal opposition of other party
    • reduce conflict
  17. patronage
    favors given to reward party loyalty
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chapter 8 section 2