16 Political Parties And Voters


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16 Political Parties And Voters

  1. 1. Objective: Analyze the rise of political parties in America and understand the American voter How: Guided note-taking via PowerPoint
  2. 2. <ul><li>A political party is a group of people with broad common interests who organize to win elections, control government, and influence government policy </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>In a one-party system the party, in effect, is the party </li></ul><ul><li>These are usually found in nations with authoritarian governments </li></ul><ul><li>These parties often come to power by force </li></ul><ul><li>Theocracy is a government dominated by a religion </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Two main political parties, </li></ul><ul><li>The Republicans- believe in less government, less taxes, are considered pro business </li></ul><ul><li>and the Democrats- believe in more government, more taxes to provide more programs for people, are considered unfriendly towards businesses </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>1. They set goals for the nation called a party platform </li></ul><ul><li>2. in order to carry out the platform parties get involved in the election </li></ul><ul><li>3. They inform the American people about the candidates and the platform </li></ul><ul><li>4. By helping their members into Congress and state legislatures they put their platform ideas into action </li></ul><ul><li>5. They keep an eye on the other party to make sure they are doing what they should be </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Began more than 200 years ago </li></ul><ul><li>The Framers and George Washington were against political parties </li></ul><ul><li>They felt it would lead to fighting in the government…..Boy were they right!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Federalists wanted a strong central government </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-federalists felt it gave too much power to the federal government </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The nation has smaller political parties called third parties </li></ul><ul><li>Third parties start for three reasons </li></ul><ul><li>1. They have a different idea about how to run the country </li></ul><ul><li>2. They form to support one issue </li></ul><ul><li>3. Sometimes members of the major parties will quit and form their own party </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Every citizen can join a party there are no dues and age requirement </li></ul><ul><li>Political parties depend on volunteers to do much of the work </li></ul><ul><li>Who can vote? </li></ul><ul><li>People must meet four requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Be at least 18 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Have American citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Must live where they vote </li></ul><ul><li>Must register to vote prior to election day </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>There are several reasons people don’t vote </li></ul><ul><li>1. they feel they don’t know enough about the issues </li></ul><ul><li>2. people feel their vote doesn’t count </li></ul><ul><li>3. they don’t like either candidate </li></ul><ul><li>4. Some don’t care </li></ul><ul><li>5. Don’t feel a strong tie to a party </li></ul><ul><li>6. People want to vote but they can’t get their </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>The average voter is usually more than 35 years old, white, married, and has more education and income then nonvoters </li></ul><ul><li>Voters are often party members </li></ul><ul><li>They believe their vote is important </li></ul><ul><li>Ways to become informed is by watching T.V. news, read, and watch the debates </li></ul>