Flashcards in Unit 2 Vocab Deck (40)
those who follow politics and public affairs carefully.
secret ballot printed at the expense of the state.
Balancing the ticket
occurs when a presidential nominee chooses a vice presidential running mate who has different qualities in order to attract more votes for the ticket.
election to choose candidates that is open to independents, and that allows voters to choose candidates from all the parties.
local party meeting
party election to choose candidates that is closed to independents. Voters may not cross party lines.
the influence of a popular presidential candidate on the election of congressional candidates of the same party
characteristics of populations, e.g., race, sex, income.
election of an official directly by the people rather than by an intermediary group such as the Electoral College.
election in which the people choose candidates for office.
terms of office that have a definite length of time, e.g., two years for a member of the House.
scheduling presidential primary elections early (e.g., February or March) in an election year.
difference in voting patterns for men and women, particularly in the greater tendency of the latter to vote for Democratic presidential candidates.
election in which the officeholders are chosen. Contrast with a primary election, in which only the candidates are chosen.
campaign contributions donated directly to candidates.
set of beliefs about political values and the role of government.
an officeholder who is seeking reelection.
one is not registered with a political party.
tend to vote for candidates of one particular party
have no consistent pattern of party voting
issue advocacy ads
ads that focus on issues and do not explicitly encourage citizens to vote for a certain candidate.
election to choose candidates that is open to independents, and in which voters may choose candidates from any one party.
a sense of affiliation that a person has with a particular political party.
a list of positions and programs that the party adopts at the national convention. Each position is called a plank
the widely shared beliefs, values, and norms that citizens share about their government.
more votes than anyone else, but less than half, e.g., Clinton won a plurality (43%) of popular votes in 1992, but not a majority.`
such as those for Congress are won by the person with the most votes, regardless if he/she has a majority
capacity to understand and influence political events
process in which one acquires his/her political beliefs.