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The Nominating Process. Critical First Step. Nomination Single candidate is chosen from a larger field of candidates The General Election The regularly scheduled election at which voters make a final selection of officeholders. How are nominations made?. Self-announcement

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critical first step
Critical First Step
  • Nomination
    • Single candidate is chosen from a larger field of candidates
  • The General Election
    • The regularly scheduled election at which voters make a final selection of officeholders
how are nominations made
How are nominations made?
  • Self-announcement
  • Caucus: group of like-minded people meet to select candidates they will support in upcoming election
  • Conventions: major parties pick nominees
how are nominations made1
How are nominations made?
  • Petition: candidates nominated by obtaining a certain required number of qualified voters’ signatures in the election district
how are nominations made2
How are nominations made?
  • Direct Primary: election within same party
    • Closed primary: only declared party members can vote
    • Open primary: any qualified voter can take part
      • Blanket primary: can vote for either party
closed vs open primary
Closed vs. Open Primary

Closed

  • Prevents one party from raiding the other’s primary in hope of nominating weaker candidates
  • Helps make candidates more responsive to the party, its platform & members
  • Helps make voters more thoughtful, because they must choose between the parties in order to vote in the primaries

Open

  • Voters are not forced to make their party preferences known in public
  • The tendency to exclude independent voters is eliminated
the runoff primary
The Runoff Primary
  • If no one wins a majority, the 2 top votegetters in the first direct primary face one another and the winner becomes nominee
nonpartisan primary
Nonpartisan Primary
  • Elections where candidates are not identified by party labels
    • Usually elected school and municipal offices
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