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Unit 3 Vocab

TermDefinition
Political Party An association of votes before they are permitted to cast a ballot
Two-party system A system of government in which two parties
Third-party a party that challenges the two major parties
Platform a series of statements expressing the parties principles, beliefs, and positions on elections issues
Caucus a meeting of political party members to conduct party business
Political Machine a strong party organization that an control political appointments and deliver votes
Direct Primary an election in which voters choose candidates to represent each party in a general election
Closed Primary an election in which only the declared members of a party are allowed to vote for that parties nominess
Open Primary an election in which voters need not declare their party preference to vote for the parties nominees
Plurality the mot votes among all those running for a political office
Majority a number that is more than so percent the total
Petition a formal request for government action
Polling Place the location where voting is carried out
Ballots a list of candidates on which you cast your vote
Absentee Ballot on 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 the polling place of how people voted
Electorate all the people who are eligible to vote
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 republic official from office
Propaganda certain ideas that may involve misleading messages to manipulate people
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 candidates election campaign
Public Opinion the ideas and attitude that most people hold about elected officials candidates government and political issues
Mass Media mechanisms of mass communication including television radio newspaper magazines recordings movies and book
Interest Group a group of people who share a point of view about an issue and unite to promote their people
Public Opinion Poll a survey in which individuals are asked to answer questions about a particular issue or person
Pollster a specialist whose job is to conduct polls regularly
Survey together information about as in a poll
Print Media newspaper magazines newsletter and books
Electronic Media media television and the internet
Public Agenda issues considered most significant by government officials
Prior Restraint government censorship of material before its published
Malice evil intent
Regulatory used to describe an agency or body whose function is to control or govern
Non partisan free from party ties or bias
Lobbist representative of an interest group who contacts law makers or other government officials directly to influence their policy.
Created by: tdutch1997