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precinct

a local voting district

closed primary

a primary election in which voters can participate in the nomination of candidates, but only of the party in which they are enrolled for a period of time prior to the primary day

county chair

the county party official, who heads the county executive committee

county convention

a meeting held by a political party following its precinct conventions, for the purpose of electing delegates to its state convention

county executive committee

the party group, made up of a party's county chair and precinct chairs, that is responsible for running a county's primary elections and planning county conventions

early registration

the requirement that a voter register long before the general election; in effect in Texas until 1971

early voting

a procedure that allows voters to cast ballots during the two-week period before the regularly scheduled election date

general election

a decisive election that determines who is elected to office

motor voter law

a national act, passed in 1993, which requires states to allow people to register to vote when applying for a driver's license

open primary

a primary election in which the voter can wait until the day of the primary to choose which party to enroll in to select candidates for the general election

poll tax

a state-imposed tax on voters as a prerequisite for registration. Poll taxes were rendered unconstitutional in national elections by the Twenty-fourth Amendment, and in state elections by the Supreme Court in 1966

precinct chair

the local party official, elected in the party's primary election, who heads the precinct convention and serves on the party's county executive committee

precinct convention

a meeting held by a political party to select delegates for the county convention and to submit resolutions to the party's state platform; precinct conventions are held on the day of the party's primary election and are open to anyone who voted in that election

presidential Republicanism

a voting pattern in which conservatives vote Democratic for state offices, but Republican for presidential candidates

primary elections

elections held to select a party's candidate for the general election

runoff primary

where no candidate received a majority, a second primary election is held between the two candidates who received the most votes in the first primary election

Shivercrat movement

a movement, led by the Texas governor Allan Shivers during the 1950s, in which conservative Democrats in Texas supported Republican candidates for office because many of them believed that the national Democratic Party had become too liberal

special elections

an election that is not held on a regularly scheduled basis; in Texas, a special election is called to fill a vacancy in office, to give approval for the state government to borrow money, or to ratify amendments to the Texas Constitution

state chair and vice chair

the top two state-level leaders in the party

state convention

a party meeting held every two years for the purpose of nominating candidates for statewide office, adopting a platform, electing the party's leadership, and in presidential election years selecting delegates for the national convention and choosing presidential electors

state executive committee

the committee responsible for governing a party's activities throughout the state

white primary

primary election in which only white voters are eligible to participate

The primary election is held to determine who will

a. serve on the Texas supreme court.
b. be the party's nominee in the general election.
c. succeed the governor in the event that he or she becomes president.
d. serve on the state board of education.

b. be the party's nominee in the general election.

The Shivercrat movement brought about a pattern of voting in presidential elections known as

a. yellow-dog democratization.
b. presidential Republicanism.
c. populism.
d. progressivism.

b. presidential Republicanism.

In Texas, the qualifications to vote include all the following except

a. being at least eighteen years of age.
b. U.S. citizenship.
c. being resident of Texas for at least thirty days.
d. membership in the Democratic or Republican parties.

d. membership in the Democratic or Republican parties.

Which of the following is not a role of political parties?

a. To provide a label under which candidates run and with which voters may identify
b. To help raise money for candidates' campaigns
c. To organize government
d. To lobby the legislature on behalf of the party's membership

d. To lobby the legislature on behalf of the party's membership

From 1927 through 1951, Republicans comprised ________ percent of the Texas legislature.

a. 50
b. 75
c. 25
d. 0

d. 0

Since 1998, _________ percent of statewide elected offices have been held by Republicans.

a. 50
b. 75
c. 100
d. 0

c. 100

The "______________ counties" were traditional Republican strongholds in the post-Civil War era.

a. Old South
b. Gulf Coast
c. German
d. East Texas

c. German

In Texas, _______________ are used to fill vacancies in office, to give approval to borrow money, or to ratify amendments to the Texas Constitution.

a. primaries
b. special elections
c. executive orders
d. special sessions

b. special elections

The _____________ heads the precinct convention and serves on the party's county executive committee.

a. precinct chair
b. county chair
c. election judge
d. county judge

a. precinct chair

Which of the following events signaled the beginning of a period of dominance by the Democratic Party in Texas?

a. Texas independence
b. The defeat of Edmund Davis
c. The New Deal
d. The civil rights movement

b. The defeat of Edmund Davis

Independent candidates find it difficult to get on the ballot statewide in Texas for all of the following reasons except

a. lack of political support provided by a party organization.
b. the need to collect tens of thousands of signatures on nominating petitions.
c. the unwillingness of Texas voters to choose a third-party candidate.
d. the requirement that signatures for nominating petitions come from registered voters who did not participate in any political party primary election.

d. the requirement that signatures for nominating petitions come from registered voters who did not participate in any political party primary election.

A _____________ is held if no candidate receives an absolute majority of the primary vote.

a. special election
b. runoff primary
c. general election
d. closed primary

b. runoff primary

What percent of the voting-age population in Texas is registered to vote?

a. 90
b. 77
c. 50
d. 33

b. 77

Despite the apparent dominance of the Democratic Party in Texas for most of the twentieth century, schisms developed between __________ within the party.

a. liberals
b. liberals and conservatives
c. moderates and liberals
d. conservatives

b. liberals and conservatives

Texas used all of the following to limit the right to vote, except for

a. poll taxes.
b. literacy tests.
e. white primaries.
d. early registration.

b. literacy tests.

Beginning in the 1950s, the ______________ Party began drawing votes away from Democratic candidates in _____________ elections.

a. Progressive; national
b. Populist; state
c. Republican; national
d. Republican; local

d. Republican; local

The temporary campaign organization of the party includes all of the following except the

a. precinct convention.
b. county convention.
c. state convention.
d. regional convention.

d. regional convention.

Democrats tend to win local and county elections in areas with concentrations of

a. older voters.
b. independent voters.
c. Hispanic voters.
d. voters who have recently moved to the state.

c. Hispanic voters.

The ______________ serves to accept filings by candidates for statewide office, help raise funds for the party, and establish party policy.

a. state executive committee
b. state convention
c. state advisory committee
d. state assembly

a. state executive committee

The most important factors that explain whether someone votes are

a. gender and geography.
b. education and income.
c. being an independent and hours watching television.
d. residence in a big city and age.

b. education and income.

The growth of the Republican party in Texas of the last 50 years has been marked by the move of ____________ from the Democratic to the Republican Party.

a. liberals
b. conservatives
c. moderates
d, progressives

b. conservatives

The Texas Constitution and elections law consider the Texas primary system to be a(n) _________ primary.

a. open
b. jungle
c. closed
d. revolving door

c. closed

Running for statewide office in Texas costs a great deal of money. Campaigns spend most of their money on

a. media, in particular television, radio, and print advertising.
b. hiring campaign staff.
c. mobilization, or get-out-the-vote programs.
d. traveling to campaign events.

a. media, in particular television, radio, and print advertising.

The two most important factors that determine whether someone votes are

a. age and income level.
b. age and education.
c. income level and education.
d. education and ethnicity.
e. ethnicity and age.

c. income level and education.

Which of the following is not a requirement to vote in Texas?

a. being at least eighteen years of age
b. being a resident of Texas for one year
c. U.S. citizenship
d. being a resident of Texas for 30 days
e. being a resident of the county for thirty days

b. being a resident of Texas for one year

In the 1950s, approximately what percentage of Texans identified themselves as Republican?

a. 10 percent
b. 37 percent
c. 25 percent
d. 40 percent
e. 54 percent

a. 10 percent

In Texas, why were primary elections more important than general elections during most of the twentieth century?

a. The general election was often fixed.
b. The primary election was the only election held in many Texas counties.
c. In a one-party state, the winner of the primary will most likely win the general election.
d. More people voted in the primary elections than the general elections.
e. The primary election was open to more voters than the general election.

c. In a one-party state, the winner of the primary will most likely win the general election.

To get onto the ballot in Texas as an independent candidate requires

a. a petition containing a significant number of voter signatures.
b. a filing fee of $10,000.
c. a letter of permission from the secretary of elections.
d. nothing, anyone who fills out the proper paperwork can run.
e. a filing fee of $5,000.

a. a petition containing a significant number of voter signatures.

Question 6: 1 pts By 2010, what was the partisan makeup of the Texas legislature?

a. By 2010, what was the partisan makeup of the Texas legislature?
b. The Democrats controlled the House, and the Republicans had a majority in the Senate.
c. Both houses remained in the control of the Democrats.
d. Both houses were evenly split between the Republicans and Democrats.
e. The Senate was controlled by Democrats, while the Republicans dominated the House.
Both houses were majority Republican.

e. The Senate was controlled by Democrats, while the Republicans dominated the House.
Both houses were majority Republican.

The most local voting district is called the

a. county.
b. precinct.
c. township.
d. caucus.
e. city.

b. precinct.

Which statement concerning women's suffrage is correct?

a. Women were permitted to vote in all elections in Texas with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
b. Texas was the last state to allow women to vote.
c. Women were given the right to vote in the original Constitution of 1876.
d. Women were given full suffrage rights in Texas in 1932.
e. The Texas constitution was amended in 1899 to permit women to vote.

a. Women were permitted to vote in all elections in Texas with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

In Texan elections, the ______ play(s) the largest role in running campaigns.

a. candidates
b. national party
c. state party
d. media
e. local party

a. candidates

Which of the following is not an important level of party organization in the state of Texas?

a. district
b. county
c. city
d. state
e. precinct

c. city

What is the significance of the Supreme Court case Smith v. Allwright?

a. The Court declared the use of poll taxes as a violation of the equal protection clause.
b. It announced that in primary elections states could not restrict voters on account of race.
c. The case compelled Texas to integrate Hispanic students into whites only public schools.
d. it restricted the use of closed primaries.
e. The Court declared the use of literacy tests a violation of the equal protection clause

b. It announced that in primary elections states could not restrict voters on account of race.

Which of the following was not a reason, cited in the text, that explains why Kay Bailey Hutchison failed to be successful in her bid for the Republican nomination for Texas governor in 2010?

a. She had largely been an ineffective senator in her years serving in Washington.
b. Her campaign failed to capitalize on the success of the Tea Party movement.
c. She was unable to effectively explain why her brand of conservatism was superior to that of Rick Perry.
d. She could not convince voters that she was not just another Washington insider.
e. Rick Perrys campaign advertisements painted Hutchison as someone who had lost touch with the conservative core of the Texas Republican Party

a. She had largely been an ineffective senator in her years serving in Washington.

Early voting in Texas has been shown to produce a

a. drastic drop in voter turnout.
b. moderate increase in voter turnout.
c. moderate drop in voter turnout.
d. significant increase in voter turnout.
e. no noticeable change in voter turnout.

b. moderate increase in voter turnout.

During much of the twentieth century, what was one benefit to Texas of having a one-party state?

a. It helped increase voter turnout, especially among minority voters.
b. Ideological in-fighting was kept to a minimum.
c. Government was able to accomplish more in the policy arena.
d. It led to easier recruitment of qualified candidates for office.
e. Elected officials stayed in office longer, and built up seniority.

e. Elected officials stayed in office longer, and built up seniority.

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