chapter 10

Question Answer
polling place the location where voting is carried out.
precinct a geographic area that contains a specific number of voters.
ballot the list of candidates on which you cast your vote.
absentee ballot one that allows a person to vote without going to the polls on election day.
returns ballots and results of an election.
exit poll a survey taken at polling places of how people voted.
electorate the people who are eligible to vote.
apathy a lack of interest.
electoral college a group of people named by each state legislature to select the president and vice president.
initiative a procedure by which citizens can propose new laws or state constitutional amendments.
proposition a petition asking for a new law.
referendum a way for citizens to vote on state or local laws.
recall a special election in which citizens can vote to remove a public official from office.
elector person appointed to vote in presidential elections for the major candidate.
winner-take-all system a system in which the candidate who wins the popular vote in a state usually receives all of the state's electoral votes.
propaganda certain ideas that may involve misleading messages designed to manipulate people.
political action committee political organization established by a corporation, labor union, or other special-interest group designed to support candidates by contributing money.
soft money donations given to political parties and not designated for a particular candidate's election campaign.
incumbent a politician who has already been elected to office.

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