Requirement that for an individual to automatically qualify to vote, his or her grandparent had to have voted (excluded former slaves and descendants).
Legislation that made it illegal to exclude potential voters on the basis of race.
Legislation hat extended suffrage to women.
twenty sixth amendment
Legislation that gave eighteen year olds the right to vote in federal elections.
A bill that requires states to allow voter registration by mail, when applying for a drivers license, and at some state offices that serve the disabled or poor.
An electoral system that gives the only office to the candidate with the largest vote total, rather than approaching numerous offices based on the percentage of the total vote.
split ticket voting
The practice of voting for one majority party's candidate in the state or local elections and the other's national level.
An electoral system that distributes numerous seats to parties on the basis of the percentage of the popular vote.
A meeting of elected party delegates every four years to nominate presidential and vice-presidential candidates and ratify a campaign platform.
An electoral system with two dominant parties that compete in state and national elections.
Can be given to the parties in limitless amounts so long as it is not used to back candidates by name.
political action committee (PAC)
A group legally able to solicit campaign contributions from individuals within an organization and, under certain restrictions, to funnel these candidates for office.
An election intended to select a party's candidate for elective office.
The person currently in office.
The result of having districts of very unequal size.