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Chapter 10

TermDefinition
polling place the location where voting is carried out
precinet a geographic area that contains a specific number of voters
ballot the list of candidates on which you cast your vote
absentee ballot one that allows a person to vote without going to the polls on Election Day
returns profit earned through investing
exit poll a survey taken at polling places of how people voted
electorate all the people who are eligible to vote
apathy a lack of interest
Electoral College a group of people named by each state legislature to select the president and vice president
initiative a procedure by which citizens can propose new laws or state constitutional amendments
proposition a petition asking for a new law
referendum a way for citizens to vote on state or local laws
recall a special election in which citizens can vote to remove a public officials from office; situation in which a company pulls a product off the market or agrees to change it to make it safe
elector person appointed to vote in presidential elections for the major candidates
winner-take-all system a system in which the candidate who wins the popular vote in a state usually receives all of the state's electoral votes
propaganda certain ideas that may involve misleading messages designed to manipulate
political action committee political organization established by a corporation, labor union, or other special-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 products and wages
incumbent a politician who has already been elected to office
Created by: Danesha.M