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__________ is the firm allegiance (loyaty) to a political party as the basis for government action; the Democrats and Republicans show __________ when they cannot work together.


When the two major parties find common ground or cooperate on matters of government, they exhibit __________.


__________ is the practice of drawing electoral district lines in order to limit the voting strength of a particular party or group.

political party

A _______________ is a group of persons who seek to control government through winning elections and holding pubic office. There are over 100 of these in the U.S. today although only a few run candidates for office.

major parties

The two __________ in the U.S. are the Democrats and the Republicans.

two-party system

The two major parties dominate American politics; that is to say that our government has a __________ where in a typical election only the Democratic or Republican Party's candidates have a reasonable chance of winning.

minor party/3rd party

One of the political parties in the U.S. that is not widely supported is known as a __________; the Green Party is considered a __________.


A(n) __________ is the current office holder ; President Obama is this in the Executive Branch.


In U.S. politics, the __________ is the party that controls the executive branch of government--the presidency at the national level and the governership at the State level. The Democrats are the __________ currently at the national level.


Today, the size of the American __________, the people eligible to vote is over 205 million people.


___________ means right to vote. The 19th Amendment guarantees women __________.

political socialization

The process by which people aquire their political attitudes and opinions; this process begins in early childhoood and continues throughout each person's life: _____________. Your American Government class is a part of this process.

party identification

__________, or the loyalty of people to a particular political party, is the single most signifcant and lasting predictor of how a person will vote. Most voters indicate this when they register to vote.


The term ____________ is regularly used to identify those people who have no party affiliation; this does not apply to the American Independent Party.

voter registration

______________ is a procedure of voter identification intended to prevent fraudulent voting; 49 of the 50 States require most or all voters do this in order to vote.

literacy tests

While ______________ might be used to ensure that voters have the capacity to cast an informed ballot; historically they were used to disciminate against African Americans from the 1870s through the 1960s. As a result, congress banned ________________ in 1970s.

poll taxes

Requiring voters to pay money to vote or ______________ were once common in the south; Congress and the Supreme Court banned these as a condition for voting during the 1960s.

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