4 Written Questions
4 Multiple Choice Questions
- The legal right to vote, extended to African Americans by the Fifteenth Amendment, to women by the Nineteenth Amendment, and to people over the age of 18 by the Twenty-sixth Amendment.
- The idea that the winning candidate has a mandate from the people to carry out his or her platforms and politics. Politicians like the theory better than political scientists do.
- A unique American institution, created by the Constitution, providing for the selection of the president by electors chosen by the state parties. Although its vote usually reflects a popular majority, the winner-take-all rules give clout to big states.
- The belief that one's political participation really matters—that one's vote can actually make a difference.
4 True/False Questions
initiative petition → A system adopted by the states that requires voters to register well in advance of Election Day. A few states permit this on Election Day.
policy voting → Electoral choices that are made on basis of the voters' policy preferences and on the basis of where the candidates stand on policy issues.
legitimacy → A characterization of elections by political scientists meaning that they are almost universally accepted as a fair and free method of selecting political leaders. When it is high, as in the United States, even the losers accept the results peacefully.
Motor Voter Act → Electoral choices that are made on basis of the voters' policy preferences and on the basis of where the candidates stand on policy issues.