Terms Glossary

Good Party's Terms Glossary is a list of definitions of words from the political and elections world. These terms are from an independent's perspective with an eye toward reform. If you have a suggestion for a new definition, send it to ask@goodparty.org.

Minor Party

A minor party is a political party that is not one of the two major parties in the United States (the Democrats and Republicans). Minor parties can include a wide range of organizations and ideologies, from the Libertarian Party and the Green Party to the Constitution Party and the Reform Party.

Minor parties often seek to challenge the dominance of the two major parties and provide alternative viewpoints and perspectives on the political process. They may advocate for specific issues or ideologies, such as environmentalism, social justice, or small government.

However, minor parties often face significant barriers to participating in the electoral process. They may struggle to raise the same amount of money as major party candidates, and they may have difficulty getting their message out to the public. They may also be excluded from debates and other important campaign events, which can make it harder for them to get their voices heard.

Despite these challenges, there are a number of minor parties in the United States today that are making an impact. For example, the Libertarian Party has consistently run candidates for office at the local, state, and national levels, and has gained a significant following among those who are skeptical of government intervention in the economy and personal lives.

The presence of minor parties in the political process is important for promoting a more diverse and representative democracy. By providing more choices and breaking free from the constraints of the two major parties, minor parties can help to create a more open and inclusive political system that works for everyone.