govt 2301 ch 21 review

govt 2301 ch 21 review - & The Role of Political...

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&&&& The Role of Political Parties in Texas Politics Perhaps the most important function of parties in Texas is that they provide a label under which candidates may run and with which voters may identify. Approximately 91 percent of Texas voters either identify with or lean toward either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. I. What are the important functions of political parties in Texas? The party label becomes the standard used in casting a ballot for a candidate. Parties assist in raising money for candidates' campaigns and in helping candidates with legal requirements. They also train candidates for campaigns. Parties sometimes recruit candidates. Parties assist in getting out the vote. The party helps organize the government once officials have been elected. II. How are political parties organized in Texas? Texas does not have a system of party registration for voters. Texas parties conduct primaries for the purpose of selecting the party's candidates for office. The party is organized at the precinct, county, and state levels. The precinct chair heads the precinct convention and serves on the county executive committee. The county executive committee is responsible for running the county's primary elections and planning the county convention. The county chair is elected at the party's primary election and heads the county
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