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TEXAS EXAM TWO
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The legal right to vote is termed what?
Political party's ultimate aim is to what?
To elect members into office
To win the general election, a candidate must win with __________ of the votes.
A closed primary allows only those individuals who ____________ to participate.
Which state agency is permitted to recommend salary increases for legislators?
the Texas Ethics Commission
hich individuals are legally disqualified from voting in Texas?
People declared mentally incompetent
The Texas Grangers were opposed to the idea of what?
Who served as governor of Texas after the Reconstruction and during the period of the 1869 Texas Constitution?
Edmund J. Davis
The Texas legislature may be called into special sessions by?
*A number of Texas counties introduced electronic voting in the 2002 midterm election because?
of the possibility of similar problems that occurred in Florida during the 2000 election.
**Cities with populations of more than 5,000 may adopt ______ that establish any organizational structure or program that does not conflict with state law or the constitution.
Home Rule City
Which of the following refers to a court order to present a person and show the legal cause for confining the individual?
writ of habeas corpus
**Law passed by legislatures and written into books of code is called what?
**All special elections in the state
are nonpartisan elections.
**Which of the following is NOT a guaranteed additional right granted by the current Texas Constitution?
It prohibits the garnishment of wages for any reason.
**An individual must be registered at least __________ days prior to the election to be eligible to vote in Texas
**Which of the following is NOT a power granted to the Texas governor
d. reduction veto power
**The first Texas Constitution was written in 1836 after Texas gained independence from?
The traditionalistic political culture is especially characteristic of which Texas area?
a. East Texas
**There are two main reasons for the decrease in voter turnout in the United States after the 1960s: the passage of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment and what?
**Which of the following statements about Texas registration laws is NOT true
d. An individual's employer can register an employee as long as the employer is a registered voter.
**A constitution promotes _________if the general public agrees that the government has the right to govern its citizens.
**If a labor union wanted to contribute to a political candidate, it would do so by
a. giving money to a PAC.
**The state government decentralizes power by assigning many functions to units of local government, especially ______
**In 2002, the U.S. Department of Justice ordered Harris County to provide ballots (and voting material) in which language?
**Which of the following statements about voters is incorrect?
c. The younger an individual is, the more likely that individual is to vote.
**What is directive power?
d. the power of a governor to issue binding orders to state agencies
**The Terrell Election Law enabled political party members to
c. select political party nominees by allowing a direct primary.
**A type of ballot used in a general election where all of the candidates from each party are listed in parallel columns is called a what?
Party column ballot
**Which statement is correct regarding term limitations of legislators in the Texas state constitution?
b. Legislators are limited to two consecutive terms.
**The primary enforcement of regulations of state campaign laws is the responsibility of the
d. Texas Ethics Commission.
**Which is NOT a correct statement about the present-day Texas Constitution?
a. It is one of the most restrictive state constitutions
**Minor political parties in the state prefer the office-block ballot because it
b. makes straight-ticket voting for the major parties more difficult.
**A method of selecting nominees from a political party where party members elect the candidates who represent them in the general election is known as a
**Making registration and voting in America easier has resulted in which of the following?
d. an increase in voter turnout
**Article 17 of the Texas Constitution provides for proposal of constitutional amendments by
d. two-thirds vote of the total membership of each house of the Texas legislature.
**Throughout their campaigns, Texas Democratic candidates tend to mobilize all of the following groups except!
d. business interests.
**The Texas Supreme Court found in the case of Edgewood Independent School District v. Kirby that
That poor schools get less funds
**The Constitutional Convention of 1974 was divided over which issue?
d. reducing the term of the governor to two years
**To win a Texas primary election, a candidate must receive
a. a plurality of the popular votes.
**Money spent by political parties on behalf of political candidates, especially for the purposes of increasing voter registration and turnout is called what?
**Which of the following is accurate regarding early voting in Texas
-The ability to vote early has not increased the overall voter turnout in Texas to any large degree.
**Which of the following is NOT true of the Texas legislature
b. Senators serve six-year terms and representatives serve four-year terms.
**The U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the ________ Amendment to extend many national constitutional guarantees to the states.
**The Texas Constitution of 1869 was regarded by most Texans and traditional historians as
c. providing a largely corrupt and abusive government.
**Turnout in American general elections is __________ in comparison to other industrialized democracies of the world
b. significantly lower
**Which power allows the governor to appoint supervisory boards but not operational directors for most state agencies?
c. indirect appointive
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