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Unit 3 Vocab

Political Party group of people have have similar political interests who aim to get the candidates of their choice into office.
two-party system system in which two political parties dominate politics within a system of government. One party that contains the majority of legislature is known as the majority while the other is known as the minority party.
Third Party political party that organizes as an opposition to the other 2 main parties.
Platform declared policy of a political group or people.
Caucus meeting of the members of a legislative body who wish to discuss their concerns with a policy.
Political Machine A strong party organization that can control political appointments and deliver votes
Direct Primary an election in which voters choose the candidates they want to run for the general election.
Closed Primary an election where only the declared members of a party can vote for their parties nominees.
Open Primary an election in which the voters need not declare their parties preference to vote for the party's nominees.
Plurality the most votes among all those who are running for a political office.
Majority Number that is more than 50% of the total.
Petition Process in which candidates who are not affiliated with one of the two major parties can get on the ballot for the general elections of most states.
Polling place the location where voting is carried out
Ballot the list of candidates that you can cast your vote for
Absentee Ballot Allows people to vote without going to the polls on election day.
Returns Ballots and results of an election
Exit Poll A survey taken at polling places to see how people voted.
Electorate All of the people who are eligible to vote.
Proposition A petition asking for a new law.
Referendum way for for citizens to vote on state and local laws
Recall A special election in which citizens can vote to remove a public official from office
Propaganda certain ideas that may involve misleading messages designed to manipulate people
Political Action Committee Political organization established by an interest group designed to support candidates by contributing money.
Soft Money donations given to political parties and not designated for a particular candidate's election campaign
Public Opinion Idea and attitudes that most people hold about elected officials, government, candidates, and elected officials
Mass Media mechanisms of mass communication including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, etc.
Interest Group A group of people who share the same views on certain issues and unite to promote their beliefs
Public Opinion Poll Survey given to individuals to answer questions about a particular issue or person
Pollster Specialist who's job is to conduct polls regularly
Survey To gather information like a poll
Print Media newspapers, magazines, books, and newsletters
Electronic Media Radio, TV, and the Internet
Public Agenda Issues considered most significant by government issues
Prior Restraint government censorship of material before it is published
Malice Evil intent of something
Regulatory Used to describe an agency or body whose function is to control or govern
Nonpartisan Free from party ties or bias
Lobbyist Representatives of an interest group who contacts government officials or lawmakers directly in order to influence the policies that they make
Created by: dabuscus12321