2008 Presidential Election

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2008 Presidential Election Mr. Lickteig Team 9 Fort Riley Middle School

absentee ballot

a ballot used for voting at home before the election instead of at your polling place

ballot

a form you mark when you vote to indicate your choices

general election

the FALL election where anyone can vote for any canidate

primary election

the EARLY election where different political parties pick their canidates

non-partisan

not tied to any political party or point of view

petition

a form proposing a new law and requesting VOTER SIGNATURES

political party

a group that shares the same views about government and works together to win elections

polling place

where you vote

vote

to mark a ballot picking who or what you vote for

partisan

being directly linked or allied with a particular political party or view

incumbent

someone who holds office or is running for re-election

canidate

someone who is running for political office

conservative

wanting to maintain existing views, do not want change

liberal

political view based on progress, changing views

moderate

tending to vote in the middle

slander

an untruthful ORAL statement about someone that harms their reputation

libel

an untruthful WRITTEN statement about someone that harms their reputation

propaganda

a set of messages aimed to influence people's views on issues, events, people, or products

fallacy

techniques used by advertisers to persuade consumers

politcal platform

the beliefs of a political party

fact

PROVEN information, backed up with real data

opinion

a PERSONAL VIEW of an issue or subject

6

number of electoral votes KS is worth

senators and representatives

to find the electoral value of a state, you add these two things together

McCain

the Republican nominee for the 2008 election

Obama

the Democrat nominee for the 2008 election

Washington DC

the total number of senators and representatives is 535, but you add 3 for this area

538

the total number of electors available

270

the "magic number", the number of electors needed to win the election

politcal parties

Democrat, Republican and Independents

political views

liberal, conservative, and moderate

Obama

winner of the 2008 election

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