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Civics Vocabulary

Vocab Words For Civics

absentee ballot a mail able paper ballot that is used by voters who will not be able to vote on election day (like military personnel stationed overseas). The absentee ballots are mailed before election day and counted on election day
bipartisan supported by members of the two major political parties (the Democrats and the Republicans)
ballot either in paper form or electronic, the way voters to show their vote preferences, or a list of candidates
campaign the process of gathering public support for a candidate
candidate person running for elected office
caucus meetings where political party leaders and supporters choose candidates through discussion and consensus
congressional district an area within a state from which a member of the House of Representatives is elected. There are 435 Congressional district.
conservative believing that it’s better for individuals and businesses—not the government—to find solutions for society’s problems
convention meeting where a political party chooses its presidential candidate
Election Day the Tuesday after the first Monday in November
Electoral College each state has a group of people called electors who cast the actual votes for president. When people vote for a presidential candidate, they are really voting to decide which candidate the electors in their state will vote for
Inauguration Day the day a new president and vice president are sworn into office (January 20)
incumbent a person who is currently in office
independent a person who is not associated with any political party
issues problems facing our country that need solutions. Common examples are immigration, access to health care, finding energy sources, and how to provide quality education
liberal believing that the government has a role in solving society’s problems and should take action for creating solutions
majority party the political party that is represented by more than 50% of the members in the Senate or the House of Representatives
minority party the political party that is represented by less than 50% of the members in the Senate or the House of Representatives
midterm election a general election that does not occur during a presidential election year. In a midterm election, some members of the US Senate, all members of the House of Representatives, and many state and local positions are elected
nominee the candidate a political party chooses, or nominates, to run in the national election
nonpartisan not relating to any political party
partisan relating to a particular political party
platform a set of statements that describe a political party’s views about the issues facing our country
policy position the government takes on what role the government should have in solving the issues facing our country
political party organized groups of people who share similar beliefs about how the government should be run and how the issues facing our country should be solved
primary election an election in which people vote for the presidential candidate they want to represent their political party in the national election
referendum a proposed piece of legislation (a law) that people can directly vote on. (also called a ballot measure, initiative or proposition)
running mate a candidate who is running for office with another candidate on the same ticket. (Example: president and vice president)
swing voter voters who do not have a commitment to a particular political party
third party any political party other than the two major parties (Republican and Democratic)
Republican is usually the color red, elephant is the animal that represents them, usually on the right side, conservative, and the GOP
Democratic is usually the color blue, donkey is the animal that represents them, usually on the left side, and liberal
What does GOP stand for? Grand Ole Party
How is the president elected? By the Electoral College
How many votes does Alabama have? 9 votes
How many are the total votes? 538 total votes
What is the magic number of votes to win? 270 votes is the magic number to win
Created by: kaleighfields