- You must register your political party with the Federal Election Commission once you spend or raise a certain amount of money in connection with a federal election.
- There are two dominant political parties in the US: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.
- Twelve other political parties aside from the dominant two received votes in the 2016 presidential election, adding up to 5.4% of the presidential vote.
The US has two major political parties now active in the country: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.
The Republican Party and its followers believe that “individuals should take responsibility for their own circumstances” and that the poor are better assisted in raising their living conditions through privately run charities, rather than via government programs that provide social assistance.
For its part, the Democratic Party and its followers are said to believe in “egalitarianism, social equality, protecting the environment, and strengthening the social safety net through liberalism.” This side of politics is also said to support voting rights for all, and societal views of inclusiveness that support minorities.
There are more than the major two parties?
At present, there are many other political parties operating in the country, but you do not really hear much about them. This is in part because they do not get a substantial enough percentage of the presidential vote to garner much attention from mainstream media. The chances of one of their leaders becoming the president of the US are very low, and so it is believed that the general public would not be highly interested in what they are doing.
The Libertarian Party has the largest following of any political party not yet elected to state legislatures or congress. In the 2016 presidential election, this party’s leader received 4,489,221 votes, amounting to 3.28% of the presidential vote.
Twelve other political parties aside from the dominant two received votes in the 2016 presidential election, adding up to 5.4% of the presidential vote.
How can you start a political party of your own?
There are many steps involved if you want to do it correctly. First, you must hold a caucus or a convention at which you elect temporary officers, and choose a name that is different from that of all other political parties currently in operation. You must then file a formal notice with the Secretary of State containing key information about your party.
You must register your political party with the Federal Election Commission if and when you raise or spend money above a certain amount in connection with a federal election. Yes, it is the dollar amount that really counts.
Who has already tried this? Throughout history, a long list of political parties has been born and disbanded. Here is a look at what has come and gone over time, and when.
A List Of US Political Parties That Have Been Disbanded
|International Socialist Organization||1977||2019|
|Greens/Green Party USA||Green Committees of Correspondence||1991||2019|
|Modern Whig Party||2007||2018|
|Traditionalist Worker Party||2013||2018|
|Connecticut for Lieberman||2006||2013|
|Independence Party of America||2007||2013|
|Raza Unida Party||1970||2012|
|Florida Whig Party||2006||2012|
|Boston Tea Party||2006||2012|
|Socialist Labor Party of America||Workingmen's Party of the United States||1876||2011|
|Republican Moderate Party of Alaska||1986||2011|
|Taxpayers Party of New York||2010||2011|
|Freedom Party of New York||2010||2011|
|New Jersey Conservative Party||1992||2009|
|Illinois Solidarity Party||1986||2007|
|Personal Choice Party||2004||2006|
|New Union Party||1974||2005|
|Christian Freedom Party||2004||2004|
|Marijuana Reform Party||1998||2002|
|America First Party||1944||1996|
|Looking Back Party||1984||1996|
|Independent Party of Utah||1988||1996|
|A Connecticut Party||1990||1995|
|Populist Party (United States, 1984)||1984||1994|
|Puerto Rican Socialist Party||1959||1993|
|Marxist–Leninist Party, USA||1967||1993|
|Concerned Citizens Party||1975||1992|
|New Alliance Party||1979||1992|
|League for the Revolutionary Party||Revolutionary Socialist League (U.S.)||1972||1989|
|Labor-Farm Party of Wisconsin||1982||1987|
|Communist Workers Party||1969||1985|
|Black Panther Party||1966||1982|
|U.S. Labor Party||1975||1979|
|Socialist Party of America||1901||1972|
|Proletarian Party of America||1920||1971|
|Youth International Party||Yippies||1967||1967|
|Puerto Rican Nationalist Party||1922||1965|
|Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party||1964||1964|
|American Labor Party||1936||1956|
|Progressive Party 1948||1948||1955|
|States' Rights Democratic Party||Dixiecrats||1948||1948|
|Progressive Democratic Party||1944||1948|
|Minnesota Farmer–Labor Party||1918||1944|
|Workers Party of the United States||1934||1938|
|Communist League of America||1928||1934|
|American Workers Party||1933||1934|
|National Woman's Party||1913||1930|
|Progressive Party 1924||1924||1924|
|Labor Party of the United States||1919||1920|
|Independence Party||Independence League||1906||1914|
|Progressive Party 1912||Bull Moose Party||1912||1914|
|Home Rule Party of Hawaii||1900||1912|
|People's Party||Populist Party||1887||1908|
|Social Democratic Party||1898||1901|
|National Democratic Party||Gold Democrats||1896||1900|
|Silver Republican Party||1896||1900|
|Social Democracy of America||1897||1900|
|People's Party (Utah)||1870||1891|
|Liberal Republican Party||1872||1872|
|National Union Party||1864||1868|
|Unconditional Union Party||1861||1866|
|Radical Democracy Party||1864||1864|
|Constitutional Union Party||1860||1860|
|American Party||Know Nothings||c. 1854||1858|
|Free Soil Party||1848||1855|
|American Republican Party (1843)||1843||1854|
|National Republican Party||Anti-Jacksonian Party||c. 1824||1837|
|Toleration Party||1816||c. 1827|
|Democratic-Republican Party||Republican Party||1792||c. 1824|
|Law and Order Party of Rhode Island||1841||1850s|