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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Conventions vocabulary

Political conventions are fun to watch and read about. It helps to know the vocabulary!


A political convention is a meeting of a political party, typically to select party candidates.


A person sent or authorized to represent others, in particular, an elected representative sent to a conference.
Bonus question: Did you know the word delegate is a verb and a noun? Can you delegate to the delegate? What are some other words that work like this?


A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.


A formal and organized process of electing or being elected to political office.


A prevailing tone or central theme, typically one set or introduced at the start of a conference.


The act or an instance of submitting a name for candidacy or appointment.


A party platform or platform is a list of the actions which a political party or candidate supports in order to appeal to voters. "Party planks" are individual topics that make up the platform, for example issues such as education or healthcare.

Political Party

A political party is an organization of people with similar views who seek to influence government policy, usually by nominating their own candidates and trying to seat them in political office.


The elected head of the United States. The President serves in a 4-year term.

Vice President

The person selected by the presidential candidate as a running mate and as the person who could potentially take over if the candidate is elected President and is at any point unable to serve.

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Ways kids can learn about conventions (without being political)