A political party is a group of dedicated people who come together to win elections, operate the government, and determine public policy.
Political parties in the United States do a variety of things. There are five main functions that political parties have. Recruiting candidates for public office is one of the most important functions that political parties have. An important goal of political parties is to gain control of the government, and to do this, parties must work to recruit candidates for all elected offices. For example, if a state had an opening for governor, each political party would try and find a person they could support to run for that position.
Political parties also actively try to gather volunteers to help register voters as well as organize and run the election day voting. The hope is that the more people that are involved in helping with the election, the more interest there will be in the outcome, which should increase voter turnout. The ultimate goal is to get the person the party supports to win an election.
Your mission during this WebQuest is to educate yourself about political parties in the United States. Over the course of this task you will learn about the two main political parties and third parties, as well as, hopefully gaining a better insight about where you fit in.