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Ch. 18 Voting & Elections

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Soft money
political contributions made in such a way as to avoid the United States regulations for federal election campaigns (as by contributions to a political action committee)
Suffrage
a legal right guaranteed by the 15th amendment to the US constitution
Grandfather clause
A clause in registration laws allowing people who do not meet registration requirements to vote if they or their ancestors had voted before 1867.
Poll tax
a tax of a fixed amount per person and payable as a requirement for the right to vote
Canvass
an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
Register
enroll to vote
Office group ballot
one that lists the candidates together by the office for which they are running
Ticket splitting
voting with one party for one office and with another party for other offices
Party column ballot
a ballot listing all candidates of a given party together under the name of that party; also called an Indiana ballot
Canvassing board
official body that counts votes and certifies the winner
Absentee ballot
Allows a person to vote without going to the polls on election day.
Cross pressured voter
one who is caught between conflicting elements in his or her own life, one who is caught between conflicting elements in his or her own life (religion, income level, and peer group)
Straight party ticket
voting for all candidates in the same political party
Propaganda
information designed to influence opinion