chapter 8 section 2
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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
do you have to declare your party in votes?
in many states, yes.
not supporting any 1 party, support party bcuz they agree with most ideas
Are the republican and democratic parties open or closed?
open meaning they welcome whoever and allow different amounts of support
are there duties or obligations involved in being in a party?
besides voting, no. parties are a way to influence goverment if desired.
voting district where voters cast ballots at same polling place: range in size
volunteer who organizes other ppl to distribute info about party
several adjoining precincts
party county comm characteristics
most united, least influential
chair of party comms job
handles daily affairs, key figure in party vote, key person for advice for governor if from the same party
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
meets every 4 years to nominate pres and vp cands.
group composed of reps from state orgs that run party between conventions
2 main parts of national party org
national convention and national comm
assist ppl in reelection and prvide resources to beat other party
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
favors given to reward party loyalty
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