vocab

Term Definition
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
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 public official from office
elector person appointed to vote in presidential election for the major candidates
winner-take-all system a system in which the candidates 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 (PAC) political organization established by a corporation, labor union, or other special-interest group designed to support candidates to public office
soft money donations given to political parties and not designed for a particular candidate's election campaign
incumbent a politician who has already been elected to office
electorate all the people who are eligible to vote