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Voter/Election Terms. Unit 3. Swing State. A state that is leaning toward a particular candidate but the electoral outcome can be influenced. Battleground State. A state whose electoral outcome is considered too close to call. End Result. These states get MANY visits during campaigning .

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swing state
Swing State
  • A state that is leaning toward a particular candidate but the electoral outcome can be influenced
battleground state
Battleground State
  • A state whose electoral outcome is considered too close to call
end result
End Result
  • These states get MANY visits during campaigning
red states
“Red States”
  • Republican states (won by Republican candidate)
blue states
“Blue States”
  • Democrat states (won by Democratic candidate)
political party goal
Political Party Goal
  • Get their candidates elected into office
two party system
Two-Party System
  • What the U.S. has in effect
  • Even though other parties exist, these are the big two that consistently win
third party
Third Party
  • The “other parties” besides Republican and Democrat
  • Can take votes AWAY from Republicans or Democrats
  • The politician who currently holds the position in office
popular vote
Popular Vote
  • The tally of votes from all the voting populations to determine winner of electoral college numbers
  • Presidential race only for electoral college
  • All other office positions just use popular vote
interest groups lobbying
Interest Groups/Lobbying
  • Interest Group: take interest in a SPECIFIC issue
  • Lobbying: Group of people attempting to influence the political process by persuading public officials to favor or oppose action on a SPECIFIC issue
voter fraud
Voter Fraud
  • When people vote illegally (false name, address, etc.)
  • Mainly illegal immigrants or those who have not registered due to criminal record
voter disenfranchisement
Voter Disenfranchisement
  • Telling a LEGAL voter they can not vote due to some mix up by the state
  • Can be intentional or unintentional
provisional ballot
Provisional Ballot
  • In response to 2000 election and disenfranchisement
  • If a voter may be not able to vote because no record of him/her, the state gives them a provisional ballot so they can at least still vote and hope the matter gets cleared up later where the vote can count