Unit 3: Voters and Voting Behavior

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Suffrage

the right to vote

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Franchise

the right to vote

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disenfranchise

deprive of voting rights

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poll tax

A requirement that citizens pay a tax in order to register to vote

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literacy test

A test given to persons to prove they can read and write before being allowed to register to vote

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15th Amendment

Citizens cannot be denied the right to vote because of race, color , or precious condition of servitude

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19th Amendment (1919)

Gave women the right to vote

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23rd Amendment

Gives Washington DC electoral college votes as if it were a state (DC still has no representation in Congress)

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24th Amendment

Abolishes poll taxes

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26th Amendment

Lowered the voting age from 21 to 18

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plurality rule

a type of electoral system in which victory goes to the individual who gets the most votes in an election, but not necessarily a majority of the votes cast

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majority rule

Governance according to the expressed preferences of the majority (>50%)

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alien

a citizen of another country; foreign

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registration

a procedure of voter identification intended to prevent fraudulent voting

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residence

a home; a place where a person settles to live

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Groups denied voting rights

  1. Mentally Incompetent

  2. Criminals (Felony)

  3. Dishonorable Discharge from Military (some states)

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mid-term election

an election that takes place in the middle of a presidential term

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ballot fatigue

the phenomenon by which voters cast fewer votes for offices listed toward the bottom of the ballot

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cannot voters

People who can't vote

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Non-voters

People who don't vote

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political efficacy

The belief that one's political participation really matters - that one's vote can actually make a difference

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time zone fallout

Discourages people from voting because media projects a winner before they have a chance to vote.

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majority

more than half

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minority

less than half

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Supremist

one who believes in the supremacy of one race, sex, or social group

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Gerrymandering

Process of redrawing legislative boundaries for the purpose of benefiting the party in power.

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Absentee Ballot

a ballot that is cast while absent

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Polling Place

a place where voters go to cast their votes in an election

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Sample Ballot

A practice ballot mailed early to voters

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DRE Voting

Direct Response Electronic -Efficient, but not effective

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