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Wilson Vocabulary Chapter 6

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Australian Ballot
a uniform ballot printed by the government distributed at the polls and able to be marked in secret.
Activist
a militant reformer
Campaigners
Vote and get involved in helping in campaigns. Better educated than the average voter and have strong political ties to a party.
Communalists
Those who join organizations and participate in politics but not in partisan campaigns.
Complete Activists
A person completely indoctrinated into popular causes
Eligible Electorate
The population that is eligible to register to vote
Fifteenth Amendment
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Grandfather Clauses
exempted citizens from restrictions on voting they, or their ancestors, had voted in previous elections or served in the Confederate military
Inactives
portion of the population that rarely votes, does not get involved in organizations, and probably does not even talk about politics very much
Literacy Tests
literacy requirement (understanding of the constitution) as a condition of voting
Motor Voter Bill
A legislator act passed in 1993 to allow voters to register by mail when they renew their drivers' license and provides for the placement of voter registration forms in motor vihicle, public assitance, and military recruitment offices.
Nineteenth Amendment
amendment to the constitution giving women the right to vote
Parochial Participants
Do not vote and stay out of elections and campaigns, but are willing to contact local officials about personal problems.
Poll Tax
a tax of a fixed amount per person and payable as a requirement for the right to vote
Registered Voters
People who are registered to vote
Twenty Sixth Amendment
an amendment to the US constituion, adoped in 1971 and lowering the voting age from 21 to 18
Voter Apathy
a lack of interest to vote, a "Whatever" attitude
Voting Age Population
Citizens who are eligible to vote after reaching the mininmum age requirement.
Voting Rights Act of 1970
gave eighteen year olds the right to vote in federal elections beginning January 1, 1971.
Voting Specialists
Those that do little more than vote, politically speaking. Tend to not be well-educated and are substantially older than the average American.
White Primaries
Democratic primary in the south that was limited to white people; ruled unconstitutional in Smith v. Allwright