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Chapter 10

Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Polling Place the location where voting is carried out
Precinct a geographic are 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 ballots and results of an election
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
Recall a special election in which citizens can vote to remove a public official 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 states electoral votes
Propaganda certain ideas that may involve misleading messages designed 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 candidate's election campaign
Incumbent a politician who has already been elected to office
 

 



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