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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


Incumbent
Incumbent

  • 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