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Public Opinion distribution of individual differences preferences for, or evaluations of, a given issue, candidate, or institution within a specific population
Political Socialization process by which we develop our political attitudes, values, and beliefs
Attentive Public those who follow public affairs carefully
Voter Registration system designed to reduce voter fraud by limiting voting to those who have established eligibility by submitting the proper form
Australian Ballot a secret ballot printed by the state
Turnout the proportion of voting aged public that votes
Party Identification an informal and subjective affiliation with a political party that most people acquire in childhood
 Winner-Takes-All an election system in which the candidate with the most votes wins.
Single Member District an electoral district in which voters choose one representative or official
Proportional Representation an election system in which each party receive a proportion of legislative seats corresponding to its proportion of the vote
Electoral College electoral system used in electing the president and vice president, in which voters vote for electors pledged to cast their ballots for a particular party’s candidate
Safe Seat an elected office that is predictably won by one party or the other
Coattail Effect the boost candidates of the presidents’ party receive in an election because of the president’s popularity
Caucus meeting of local party members to choose party officials and/or candidates for public office and to decide the platform
National party convention the national meeting of delegates elected in primaries, caucuses, or state conventions who assemble once every 4 years, to nominate candidates for president and vice president, ratify the party platform, elect officers, and adopt rules
Interested Money contributions by individuals or groups in hopes of influencing the outcome of the election and subsequently influencing policy
Soft money money contributed to party building purposes that does not have to be disclosed under federal law
Issue Advocacy unlimited and undisclosed spending by an individual or group on communications that do not use words like “vote for” or “vote against” although much of this activity is actually about electing or defeating candidates
Independent Expenditures money spent by individuals or groups not associated with candidates to elect or defeat candidates for office
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