Political parties perform an important task in government. They bring people together to achieve control of the government, develop policies favorable to their interests or the groups that support them, and organize and persuade voters to elect their candidates to office.
Keeping this in consideration, how can citizens participate in political parties?
Ways citizens can participate
- looking for information in newspapers, magazines, and reference materials and judging its accuracy.
- voting in local, state, and national elections.
- participating in a political discussion.
- trying to persuade someone to vote a certain way.
- signing a petition.
What are the political parties in the US?
The modern political party system in the U.S. is a two-party system dominated by the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. These two parties have won every United States presidential election since 1852 and have controlled the United States Congress to some extent since at least 1856.
How do political parties nominate a candidate for the presidency?
The winner of the party's caucus, or primary, wins the party nomination for that state. Then the delegates meet at their party's national party convention, which is a formal gathering of all party delegates from all states. They formally vote and officially announce the party's nominee for president and vice president.