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the right to vote


potential voting population


procedure of voter identification intended to prevent fraudulent voting


A person's ability to read or write

poll tax

tax required before a person can vote


a court order barring a specific action

political efficacy

The belief that one's political participation really matters - that one's vote can actually make a difference

political socialization

the process by which people gain their political attitudes and opinions

party identification

loyalty of people to a political party

split ticket voting

voting for candidates of different parties for different offices at the same election


people who have no party affiliation




A voting district


a district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections


the drawing of legislative district boundaries to benefit a party, group, or incumbent

straight ticket voting

practice of voting for candidates of only one party in an election

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