How will you vote? Democratic? Republican? Third Party? Or will you vote as an Independent and choose candidates based on their political platform, regardless of party affiliation? When it comes time to vote, most of us have chosen a candidate from one of the two primary parties, Democratic or Republican, and usually vote for the same party for each office, even if we don't vote a straight ticket ballot. But what about the lesser-known third parties? It might surprise you to know that there are nearly fifty recognized political parties sponsoring candidates for various offices. Remember - you don't have to vote for the same party for each office. For instance, if you're a Republican and are committed to voting for a Republican candidate for the office of President in the 2012 Presidential Election, that doesn't mean that in the next general election you can't vote as an Independent and choose a Third Party, such as the Green Party, for the office of Governor in your state. Especially if the Green Party candidate better represents your beliefs and values on state issues. Or, if you want to see a new direction in the Presidential office and have decided to vote for a Republican candidate in the 2012 Presidential Election, you can still vote for your current state Governor in the next general election, even if their affiliation is Democratic. It's all about voting for the candidate that best reflects your views. Remember - no matter what way others are voting, when you step into the voting booth, it's completely confidential, and it's entirely up to you!
There are two Primary Parties, Democratic and Republican.
These two parties, founded in the nineteenth century, are the most
well-known of all the parties. All of the other recognized
political parties were founded in the twentieth century, except
for the Socialist Party, which was formed in 1877.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY The
Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political
parties in the United
States, the other being the Republican
Party. The party under its present name was established by Andrew
Jackson in 1828,
but it traces its origins to Thomas
Jefferson and the Democratic-Republican
Party in 1792.
It is, along with Great
Party, one of the two oldest political parties in the world.
Currently, the Democratic Party is the minority
party in the United
States Senate and the House
of Representatives. Democrats control 19 state
legislatures and 22 governorships.
the Democrats have been the more liberal major party (in the modern
American sense of the word, i.e. center-left). The pro-working class,
activist philosophy of Franklin
D. Roosevelt has shaped much of the party's agenda since 1933;
Deal coalition controlled the national government into the 1960s.
Rights Movement of the 1960s, championed by the party despite
opposition at the time from its conservative Southern wing, has continued
to inspire the party's ideas and principles.
REPUBLICAN PARTY The Republican Party (often referred to as the
GOP, for "Grand Old Party") is one of the two major political parties
in the United States' two-party system, along with the Democratic
Party. In the modern political era, the Republican Party has been the
more socially conservative and economically libertarian of the two
major parties. The Republican Party was established in 1854 by a
coalition of former Whigs, Northern Democrats, and Free-Soilers who
opposed the expansion of slavery and held a vision for modernizing the
United States. The party initially had its base in the Northeast and
Midwest, but in recent decades it has increasingly shifted to the
inland West and the South. Since the party fielded its first
presidential candidate, John C. Frémont, in 1856, 18 of the 29 United
States Presidents have been Republicans, including current President
George W. Bush. It holds 28 out of 50 governorships, and controls 20
state legislatures compared to the Democratic Party's 19. Since 1995,
the Republicans have held majorities in the House of Representatives
and in the Senate, except for brief periods of Democratic Party
majority in the Senate from January 3-20, 2001 and from June 6, 2001
to November 12, 2002. - From Wikipedia