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Glossary of Chapter 7 The Electoral Process

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Chapter 7
The Electoral Process
History 12
Chapter 7
The Electoral Process
History 12
Nomination
the naming of those who will seek office
General Election
regularly scheduled elections at which voters make the final selection of officeholders
Caucus
a group of like-minded persons who meet to select the candidates they will support in an upcoming election
Direct Primary
an election held within the party to pick the party's candidates for the general election
Closed Primary
a party nominating election in which only declared party members can vote
Open Primary
a party nominating election in which any qualified voter can take part
Runoff Primary
the two top vote-getters in the first direct primary face one another, and the winner of that vote becomes the nominee
Coattail Effect
occures when a strong candidate running for an office at the top of the ballot helps attract voters to other candidates on the party's ticket
Precinct
a voting district
Polling PLace
where the voters who live in a precinct actually vote
Ballot
the device by which a voter registers a choice in an election
Political Action Committee
(PACs) the political arms of special interest groups that have a major stake in public policy

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