5 Written Questions
5 Matching Questions
- Closed primary
- Revolving door
- FECA (Federal Election Campaign Act)
- Free rider problem
- a party election to choose candidates that is closed to independents. Voters may not cross party lines.
- b the cycle in which a person alternately works for the public sector and private sector, thus blurring the individual's sense of loyalty
- c the problem faced by interest groups when citizens can reap the benefits of interest group action without actually joining, participating in, or contributing money to such groups
- d 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
- e local party meeting
5 Multiple Choice Questions
- scheduling presidential primary elections early (e.g., February or March) in an election year.
- the act or process of carrying out a lawsuit
- election in which the officeholders are chosen. Contrast with a primary election, in which only the candidates are chosen.
- redrawing of congressional district boundaries by the party in power of the state legislature
- a list of positions and programs that the party adopts at the national convention. Each position is called a plank.
5 True/False Questions
Pluralism → 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. Plurality elections such as those for Congress are won by the person with the most votes, regardless if he/she has a majority
Blanket primary → elections to choose candidates that is open to independents, and that allows voters to choose candidates from all the parties
Realigning ("critical") election → election in which the officeholders are chosen. Contrast with a primary election, in which only the candidates are chosen.
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
Office column ballot → ballot in which candidates are arranged by party rather than office. Encourages straight ticket voting.