Flashcards in 10. Making Voting More Effective Deck (45):
Voting in America has been an important right since?
The colonists declared their independence from Great Britain
Early state constitutions established?
Governing bodies and outlined the voting rights of the people
In the early years of our nation, only _____ could vote
Male property owners
Extended voting rights to African American males after Reconstruction
Voting rights for women, 1920
Latest extension of voting rights
Voting rights for 18 year olds
A designation to serve based upon ability and other qualifications
This follows the primary election; voters determine which of the two nominated candidates shall hold office
Voters with no party affiliation
Designated authorities who see to the fairness of the election at each voting precinct
An early election in which delegates select and nominate candidates for office
The submitting of a proposed public measure for voting by the general public
A ticket for voting that shows only the names of the candidates for the highest offices
Voting for the best candidate for each office regardless of party
A person votes for all candidates of that party for all offices
A device used in elections; its privacy curtain or shield ensures the citizen of secrecy while voting
A mechanism used in elections; with a system of buttons and levers, the voter has no need of writing utensils
The method of voting has changes from ____ to the use of the _____ ballot in American election precincts today
Oral voting, secret
Less than ____ of eligible voters vote in a national election
The use of _____ have all become a part of our voting system
Voting booths, the voting machine, and polling officials
Ballots from different differ in?
In e recent election in one state, the ballot was almost ___ feet long
People are asked to vote, not only for national, state, and local officers, but on many ____ and _____ measures as well
With the long ballot, the voters cannot?
Learn enough about the candidates for all offices to act intelligently
As a result of the ____, candidates lacking in ability are sometimes put into office
The long ballot is a handicap to good government because?
It puts a heavy "homework" load on the voter to find out about all the issues and candidates
Straight ticket voting is encouraged by?
The existence of the the long ballot with its bewildering array of offices and candidates
Voting by marking an "X" at the top of the ballot beside the name of the party of choice?
Party leaders love loyalty of ____ voters, but the quality of democracy suffers in the process
Alternative method to straight ticket?
_____ split their tickets regularly
Remedy of problem of long ballot?
Only names of candidates for the highest office appear on the _____ ballot, other offices are then filled by ______, preferably under the _____ system
Short, appointment, civil service system
The few elected officials could be?
Held accountable for actions and would be encouraged to appoint the best team members to get essential work done
The National Short Ballot Organization, with _____ as its president, started in ___. Has united with other organizations to reform election system
Woodrow Wilson, 1909
Use of the short ballot system has been _____, but is being used more in city, county, and state elections
Slow in spreading
Best example in America of the short ballot?
Of all the federal offices we only elect?
The president, Vice President, and members of congress
The people vote for ____ House of Representatives and for _____ of the Senate every ____ years
The whole, one-third, two years
Primaries in most states ____ these elections
Sometimes elections appear to be held?
In one of the larger cities, the people went to the polls?
A total of five elections in ten months
Cost money and make it difficult to get a majority of people to vote
One way of cutting down the frequency of elections?
Lengthen the terms of our elected officials
Cut out any election when all the persons running are unopposed