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Civics: Unit 6 Vocab

Unit 6: People and Politics

Campaign An organized effort to gather support for a candidate
Conservative A political ideology in which a person wants to keep things the same, and less change. They prefer a small government with less social programs, and more individual responsibility for success.
Canvassing Going through neighborhoods asking for votes or taking public polls
Interest Groups People with similar points of view who work together to promote that point of view
Referendum An election in which voters can approve or reject a local or state law
Precinct A geographical area that contains a specific # of voters
Bias A one-sided or slanted point of view
Propaganda Technique used to promote a particular person or idea
Candidate A person seeking an elected government office
Platform A political party’s statement of its goals and positions on public issues. It is made up of a series of planks.
Liberal A political ideology in which a person is open to new ideas, and willing to initiate change or reform. They prefer a large government that addresses social issues and provide programs to help groups achieve success.
Political Action Committee (PAC) An organization established to raise money to support an issue or candidate
Nominate To choose a candidate to run for political office
Lobbying An organized effort to persuade government officials to support a particular group or position on an issue.
Political Center-Moderate A political ideology in which a person’s opinions and beliefs are not strong or extreme. Most of Americans fall into this category.
Straight Ticket The practice of voting for all the candidates of one political party
Editorials writing or cartoon based on opinion of political events that is published in a newspaper or magazine; designed to promote discussion about an issue.
Convention a large gathering of people who share a common interest including formal gatherings of people for political purposes.
Plank An item of a political party’s platform. Specific statements about how a political party’s stand on the issues.
Caucus A meeting of political party members to conduct party business. Usually to nominate a candidate to run for office.
Popular Vote Votes cast directly by the people
Split ticket The practice of voting for different political parties in an election
Recall An elections in which voters can remove a public official from office.
Political Party An organization made up of people who share similar issues about the way the country should be governed.
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