Chapt 13 vocab government

chief of state
the chief public representative of a country who may also be the head of government
chief executive
term for the president as vested with the executive power of the US
chief administrator
term for the president as head of the administration of the federal government
chief diplomat
the role of the president in recognizing foreign governments, making treaties, and effecting executive agreements
commander in chief
term for the president as commander of the nation's armed forces
chief legislator
the role of the president in influencing the making of laws
chief of party
term for the president as the leader of his or her political party
chief citizen
president reps the people
presidential succession
the vice president fufills the presidents place incase of emergency
presidential succession act of 1947
a President nor Vice President is able to "discharge the powers and duties of the office."
balance the ticket
a presidential candidate chooses a running mate who can strengthen his chance of being elected.
presidential elector
A person elected by the voters to represent them in making a formal selection of the Vice President and President
electoral vote
the official vote for president and vice president.
electoral college
the body of electors who formally elect the United States president and vice-president
presidential primary
an election in which a party's voters (1) choose state party organization's delegates to their party's national convention, and/or (2) express a preference for their party's presidential nomination
a system in which the candidate with the most district votes in a state gets all of the delegate votes from that state
proportional representation
representation of all parties in proportion to their popular vote
a closed political meeting
national convention
the meeting of party delegates every four years to choose a presidential ticket and write the party's platform.
a document stating the aims and principles of a political party
keynote address
speech given at a party convention to set the tone for the convention and the campaign to come
swing voter
a voter who can be persuaded either way.
battleground state
states in which the outcome of an election is too close to call and either candidate could win.
district plan
electors would be chosen in each State in the same way as members of Congress
proportional plan
each presidential candidate would receive the same share of a State's electoral vote as he or she received in the State's popular vote
direct popular election
getting rid of of the electoral vote and keep only the popular election
national popular vote plan
proposal for election the President whereby each state's election laws would provide for all the state;s electoral votes to be awarded to the winner of the national popular vote and enter into an interstate compact agreeing to elect the President by nation popular vote