Political Parties

A political party is a political organization that typically seeks to influence government policy, usually by nominating their own candidates and trying to seat them in political office. Parties participate in electoral campaigns, educational outreach or protest actions. Parties often espouse an expressed ideology or vision bolstered by a written platform with specific goals, forming a coalition among disparate interests.

The two main parties are listed first, and other parties are listed below.

Regulation of political parties The freedom to form, declare membership in, or campaign for candidates from a political party is considered a measurement of a state’s adherence to liberal democracy as a political value. Regulation of parties may run from a crackdown on or repression of all opposition parties, a norm for authoritarian governments, to the repression of certain parties which hold or promote views which run counter to the general ideology of the state’s incumbents (or possess membership by-laws which are legally unenforceable). Furthermore, in the case of far-right, far-left and regionalist parties in the national parliaments of much of the European Union, mainstream political parties may form an informal cordon sanitaire which applies a policy of non-cooperation towards those “Outsider Parties” present in the legislature which are viewed as ‘anti-system’ or otherwise unacceptable for government.

Current 2016 Presidential Candidates

democrat candidates

The Democratic Party
For more than 200 years, the Democratic Party has represented the interests of working families, fighting for equal opportunities and justice for all Americans

republican candidates
The Republican Party
GOP History
The GOP community is broad and diverse, and united in building a stronger America for generations to come. Several groups are working with us for the Party agenda. Find out more and get involved.

third party candidates

America First Party
American Reform Party
Constitution Party
Freedom Socialist Party
Green Party
Labor Party
Leftist Parties of the World
Libertarian Party
Natural Law Party
New Party
Reform Party
Socialist Labor Party of America
Socialist Party USA
Timesizing Party of Massachusetts
United States Independent American Party
U.S. Pacifist Party
Workers World Party
Young Democratic Socialists