American Government Chapter 8 Terms - Mrs. Aldy

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suffrage

the right to vote

electorate

potential voting population

registration

procedure of voter identification intended to prevent fraudulent voting

literacy

A person's ability to read or write

poll tax

tax required before a person can vote

injunctions

a court order barring a specific action

political efficacy

The belief that one's political participation really matters - that one's vote can actually make a difference

political socialization

the process by which people gain their political attitudes and opinions

party identification

loyalty of people to a political party

split ticket voting

voting for candidates of different parties for different offices at the same election

independents

people who have no party affiliation

franchise

suffrage

precinct

A voting district

ward

a district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections

gerrymandering

the drawing of legislative district boundaries to benefit a party, group, or incumbent

straight ticket voting

practice of voting for candidates of only one party in an election

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