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Third parties

Lesson on 3rd parties in American politics
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Aaron Hendrikson

on 24 September 2012

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Transcript of Third parties

Third (Minor) Parties They get people to pay attention to issues that are being ignored. If a third party gains enough support, the two major parties have to adjust their stance. *(Usually the major parties will adopt any good or popular idea that a third party has.) Provide a voice for those who do not feel represented by the two main parties or by the political process in general. Why do third parties have so much trouble? How do you join a party?
"Motor Voter"
Declare party affiliation
Open primary: a primary open to members of either party. Closed primary: a primarylimited to registered members of a particular political party. Coaltions - who's in whose tent? Spoiler Effect What stinks about a two party system? (Cons) What's good about it? (Pros) The media decides what and who to cover Low name recognition Throwing your vote away? Democrats
African Americans
Union members
Poor
City dwellers
Jews and other minorities Republicans
White
Big business
Wealthier
Rural and suburban voters
Tea party? Third parties never win, but they do have an impact! ...more barriers to success Potential to lockout alternative viewpoints Often personality driven Single issue concern Types of minor (or "third") parties Ideological Parties: a political party based on a certain (and fairly narrow) set of beliefs. Splinter parties: a political party that has broken away from one of the major parties. Single-issue parties: a political party that focuses on one main concern (e.g. environment, prohibition, etc.) Why are the minor parties important? Why do you join a party? (What's the benefit?) $Difficulty fundraising$
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