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People and Politics

Unit 6 Content and Vocabulary

Candidate Someone running for elected office
Education, Age and Income Factors that predict who is most likely to vote
18 years old Minimum age to be eligible to vote
Register to vote One must do this before being able to vote
Polling Place Where one will vote on election day; determined by your address
Media Television and Internet news, Newspapers, Radio News and Social Media
Public Opinion A measurement of how the public feels about certain political issues
Public Policy Laws and regulations
Lobbyist A person for works for a special interest group
Political Party A group of people with similar political beliefs
Platform the official legislative agenda of a political party
Primary Election Elections used to official choose a political party's candidate
Third Party Any of the numerous political parties that are not the two mainstream parties (Republicans and Democrats)
Does the Media Shape public opinion? Yes
Purposes and functions of political parties Recruiting and nominating candidates; educating electorate about campaign issues; helping candidates win elections; raising money for campaign costs, monitoring actions of elected officials
Similarities of Political Parties Organize to win elections; influence public policies, reflect both liberal and conservative viewpoints, attempt to appeal to political center
Difference of Political Parties Beliefs as shown in party platform and reflected in campaigns
Strategies to evaluate campaign information Separating fact from opinion; detecting bias; evaluating sources of information; identifying propaganda
Ways interest groups influence public policy Identifying issues; making political contributions; lobbying government officials; representing different viewpoints; publicizing issues
Two-Party System Our political system is dominated by the two major political parties
Electoral College Officially chooses the president and vice president
Popular Vote When citizens vote on election day
270 Majority of electoral college votes needed to win the presidency
538 Total number of electoral college votes
In Virginia, registration closes ____ days before the election. 22
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