5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- Balancing the ticket
- Safe seat
- Party column ballot
- Political Party
- a ballot in which candidates are arranged by party rather than office. Encourages straight ticket voting.
- b an office that is extremely likely to be won by a particular candidate or political party
- c group of officeholders, candidates, activists, and voters that pursue common interests by gaining power in elections and exercising power through the legislative process
- d occurs when a presidential nominee chooses a vice presidential running mate who has different qualities in order to attract more votes for the ticket
- e term used by Madison to denote what we now call interest groups
5 Multiple choice questions
- established disclosure requirements, partial public funding of presidential candidates who met certain criteria and established the FEC (Federal Election Commission) to enforce the nation's election laws
- terms of office that have a definite length of time, e.g., two years for a member of the House
- theory that policy making is the result of interest group competition
- the influence of a popular presidential candidate on the election of congressional candidates of the same party
- "friend of the court" brief filed by an interest group to influence a Supreme Court decision
5 True/False questions
Independent → one is not registered with a political party. Independent leaners tend to vote for candidates of one particular party, whereas pure independents have no consistent pattern of party voting
Blanket primary → elections to choose candidates that is open to independents, and that allows voters to choose candidates from all the parties
Closed primary → party election to choose candidates that is closed to independents. Voters may not cross party lines.
General election → election in which the officeholders are chosen. Contrast with a primary election, in which only the candidates are chosen.
Voting Rights Act of 1965 → Suspended literacy tests; Empowered federal officials to register voters; Empowered federal officials to ensure that citizens could vote; Empowered federal officials to count ballots; Prohibited states from changing voting procedures without federal permission.