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General Election elections in which voters make final decisions about the candidates and issues.
registration the process of signing up to be a voter
direct mail A way of sending messages to large groups of people through the mail
media television, radio, newspaper, magazines, and internet
propaganda A message that is meant to influence your ideas, opinions, and actions in a certain way.
bias A favoring of one point of view
campaign manager The person who helps plan the broad outlines of the campaign: where to go, what issues to discuss, and what image to put forth.
Campaign Press Secretary some one who makes certain that the media shows the candidate in the best light.
Incumbant Is someone who already holds office for which he or she is running, has a very good chance of winning again
Electors People who promise to cast votes for the candidate selected by the voters
Patronage The system in which party leaders perform favors for loyal supporters of the party
Straight ticket a ballot cast for all the candidates of one party
split ticket the practice of voting for candidates of more than one party on the same ballot
Independent voters people who don't support a particular political party
Self nomination declaring that you are running for office
Write in candidate is one who asks voter to write his or her name on the ballot
Direct primary is an election in which members of a political party choose candidates to run for office in the name of that party
Closed primary a primary in which a voter must be registered as a party member and may vote only in that party's primary
open primary a primary in which voters do not need to declare a party before voting, but they may vote in only one party's primary
caucus a meeting of party leaders to discuss issues or to choose candidates
Political Party an organization of citizens who wish to influence and control government by getting their member elected to office
nominate to name candidates to run for public office
platform a statement of a party's official stand on major public issues
planks they make up platforms. A is a position statement on each specific issue in a party's platform.
canvass to go door to door handing out info. and asking people which candidates they support
precinct communities are divided into these, "these" are voting districts
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