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Chapter 12 Elections and Voting
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The citizens eligible to vote.
A command, indicated by a electorate's votes, for the elected officials to carry out a party platform or policy agenda.
Election in which voters decided which of the candidates within a party will represent the party in the general election.
A primary election in which only party's registered voters are eligible to cast a ballot.
A primary election in which party members, independents, and sometimes members of the party are allowed to participate.
Participation in the primary election of a party with which the voters is not affiliated.
A second primary election between the two candidates receiving the greatest numbers of voter in the first primary.
Election in which voters decided which candidates will actually fill elective public offices.
An election that allows citizens to propose legislation or state constitutional amendments by submitting them to the electorate for popular vote.
An election whereby the state legislature submits proposed legislation or state constitutional amendments to the voters for approval.
An election in which voters can remove an incumbent from office prior to the next scheduled election.
The tendency of state to choose an early date on the nomination calendar.
Representatives of each state who cast the final ballots that actually elect a president.
Member of the electoral college.
The reallocation of the number of seats in the house of representatives after each decennial census.
Already holding an office.
An election that takes place in the middle of a presidential term.
Conventional political participation
Activism that attempts to influence the political process through commonly accepted forms of persuasion such as voting or letter writing.
Unconventional political participation
Activism that attempts to influence the political process though unusual or extreme measures, such as protests, boycotts, and picketing.
Voting for candidates of different parties for various offices in the same election.
A voter's evaluation of a candidate based on past performance on a particular issue.
A voter's evaluation of a candidate based on what he or she pledges to do about an issue if elected.
The proportion of the voting-age public that casts a ballot.
In what type of election do candidates run against members of their own party?
The truth of primary elections?
Primaries nominate more moderate candidates than do caucuses.
Abolishing the Electoral College
Would require a constitutional amendment.
Not a reason for why many incumbents lose reelection?
True of mid-term elections?
The president's party usually loses seats in mid-term election year.
The most powerful predictor of vote choice is..
Not a major predictor of a person's vote choice?
Type of ballot.
In general, voter turnout is higher among those who are..
Older and wealthier.
The most common reason why people don't vote is..
They are too busy.
Not a way to improve voter turnout?
Weaken political parties.
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