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15 Cards in this Set

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- States may seek an early date for their primary elections. This practice has been criticized for serving the front-runner who often has the most resources to get a message out to more people more quickly than opponents
Closed Primary
-a primary in which only registered members of a particular political party can vote
Open Primary
- a primary in which any registered voter can vote (but must vote for candidates of only one party)
Blanket Primary
- a primary election in which each voter may vote for candidates from both parties
- the candidate with the most district votes in a state gets all of the delegate votes from that state
- An electoral district in which voters choose one representative or official
Plurality System
- an electoral system in which the winner is the person who gets the most votes, even if he or she does not receive a majority; used in almost all American elections
Amicus Curiae Briefs
- Legal briefs submitted by a "friend of the court" for the purpose of raising additional points of view and presenting information not contained in the briefs of the formal parties. These briefs attempt to influence a court's decision
Electoral College System
- delegates assign to each state a number of electors equal to the total of that state's representatives and senators; instituted because the delegates at Philadelphia feared that too much democracy might lead to mob rule
- when a group of people realign back to a political party
- people who represent interest groups
- political action committee: committee formed by a special-interest group to raise money for their favorite political candidates
Interest Groups
-groups of people who work together for similar interests or goals
Party Machine
- a centralized party organization that dominates local politics by controlling elections
Free Rider Problem
-the problem faced by interest groups when citizens can reap the benefits of interest group action without actually joining, participating in, or contributing money to such groups