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Elections and Campaigns
Terms in this set (20)
Two Party System
A political system dominated by two major parties
Liberal; left wing. Progressive. Larger federal government. Donkey
conservative; right wing. Traditional. Smaller federal government. Elephant.
A party that is not affiliated to the two major parties
A party that is not one of the two major parties
A political party's statement of its goals and policies for the next four years. The platform is drafted prior to the party convention by a committee whose members are chosen in rough proportion to each candidate's strength. It is the best formal statement of a party's beliefs.
Role of Media
Provide information to the people. Act as a watchdog.
information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities
An organization of people sharing a common interest or goal that seeks to influence the making of public policy
A person who is employed by and acts for an organized interest group or corporation to try to influence policy decisions and positions in the executive and legislative branches.
Political Action Committee (PAC)
a private group that raises and distributes funds for use in election campaigns
Nominating election held to choose party candidates who will run in the general election
The meeting of party delegates every four years to choose a presidential ticket and write the party's platform.
An election held to choose which candidate will hold office
A body of electors who represent the people's vote in choosing the president.
15th Amendment (1870)
U.S. cannot prevent a person from voting because of race, color, or creed
19th Amendment (1920)
Gave women the right to vote
24th Amendment (1964)
Prohibits federal and state governments from charging poll tax
26th Amendment (1971)
Lowered the voting age from 21 to 18
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