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26 Cards in this Set

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Linking oneself to a particular party.
Party Identification
Voting exclusively for the candidates of one party.
Straight-Ticket Voting
A statewide primary election of delegates to a political party's national convention,held to determine a party's presidential nominee.
Presidential Primary
A paid professional hired to devise a campaign strategy and manage campaign.
Political Consultant
A poll taken for the candidate on a nearly daily basis as Election Day approaches.
Tracking Poll
A small group of individuals who are led in discussion by a professional consultant to gather opinions on, and responses to, candidates and issues.
Focus Group
A series of acts passed by Congress in an attempt to limit and regulate the size and sources of contributions and expenditures in political campaign.
Corrupt Practices Acts
An act passed in 1939 that restricted the political activities of government employees. It also prohibited a political group from spending mroe than $3 million in any campaign and limited individual contributions to a campaign committee to $5,000.
Hatch Act
Nonregulated contributions from PACs, organizations, and individuals. The funds may be spent on advertising or other campaign activities... so long as those ____________ are not coordinated with those of a candidate.
Independent Expenditures
A presidential primary in which contending candidates compete for popular votes but the results do not control the selection of delegates to the national convention.
"Beauty Contest"
A meeting of party members designed to select candidates and propose policies.
A party leader or elected official who is given the right to vote at the party's national convention. ____________ are not elected at the state level.
Atype of primary in which the voter is limited to choosing candidates fo the party of which he or she is a member.
Closed Primary
A primary in which any registered voter can vote (but must vote for candidates fo only one party).
Open Primary
The presidential candidate who appears to be ahead at a given time in the primary season.
The practice of moving presidential primary elections to the early part of the campaign to maximize the impact of these primaries on the nomination.
A committee used by political parties at their national convention to cetermine which delegates may participate. The committee inspects the claim of each prospective delegate to be seated as a legitimate representative of his or her state.
Credentials Committe.e
A member of the electoral college, which selects the president and vice president.
-Each state's electors are chosen in each presidential election yearaccording to state laws.
A secret ballot prepared, distributed, and tabulated by government officials at public expense.
Australian Ballot
-Since 1888, all states have used the Australian ballot rather than an open, public ballot.
A form of general election ballot in which candidates for elective office are grouped together under the title of each office. It emphasizes voting for the office and the individual candidate, rather than for the party.
Office-Block or Massachusetts Ballot
A form of general election ballot in which all of a party;s candidates for elective office are arranged in one column under the party's label and symbol. It emphasizes voting for the party, rather than for the individual office or individual.
Party-Column, or Indiana Ballot
The influence of a popular candidate on the electoral success of other candidates on the same party ticket.
Coattail Effect
-The effect is increased by the party-column ballot, which encourages straight ticket voting
The percentage of citizens taking part in the election process; the number of eligible voters that actually "turn out" on Election Day to cast their ballots.
Voter Turnout
The right to vote.
The entry of a person's name on to the list of registered voters for elections.
-To register, a person must meet certain legal requirements of age, citizenship, and residency.
The value assigned to a person due to occupation or income.
Socioeconomic Status
-An upper-class person, for example, has high socioeconomic status.