The legal right to vote, extended to African Americans by the 15th Amendment, to women by 19th amendment and to people over the age of 18 by the 26th amendment.
A state level method of direct legislation that gives voters a chance to approve or disapprove proposed legislation or a proposed contitutional amendment.
A process permitted in some states whereby voters may put proposed changes in the state constitution to a avote if sufficient signitures are obtained on petitions calling for such a referundum
The belief that one's political participation really matters--that one's vote can actually made a difference.
The belief that in order to support democratic government, a citizen should always vote.
A system adopted by the states that requires well in advance of election day. A few states permit this.
Motor Voter Act
Passed in 1993, this act went to effect for the 1996 election. It requires staes to permit people to register to vote at the same time they apply for driver's liscence.
Mandate Theory of Elections
The idea that winning candidate has a mandate from the people to carry out his or her platform and politics. Politicians like this theory than political scientist do.
Electoral choices that are made on the basis of the voter's policy preferences and on the basis of where the candidates stand for on policy issues.
A unique American institution, created by the constitution, providing for the election of hte president by electors chosen by the state's parties.
A theory of voting in which voters essentially ask the question: "What have you done for me lately?"
A characterization of elections by political scientists meaning that hey are almost universally accepted as a fair and free method of selecting political leaders.