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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Election Glossary

If you're confused by the political jargon of this election season, consult our glossary featuring over 100 terms.

Throughout this site words included in the glossary are just one mouse click away. As you explore other sections of the site you will find that you can simply click on a hyperlinked word and you will instantly be connected to a clear and concise definition of that term.


A

Absentee Ballot
Amendment
Appropriations
At Large
Authorizations

B

Baiting
Balanced Budget
Ballot
Ballot Box Stuffing
Ballot Proposition
Bandwagon Effect
Beauty Contest
Beltway, the
Bicameral Legislature
Bill
Bill of Rights
Bipartisanship
Blue Dog Democrat
Boll Weevil
Buckley v. Valeo

C

Cabinet
Campaign Spending Limitations
Canvassing
Caucus
Centrist
City Clerk
City Council
City Manager
Closed Primary
Coattails
Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD)
Congress
Congressional District (CD)
Conservative
Constituency
Constitution (U.S.)
Convention
Cosponsor
County
County Clerk
County Commissioner

D

Dark Horse
Deficit
Delegate
Democracy
Democracy, Direct
Democracy, Representative
Democratic Party
Direct Primary Election
Divided Government

E

Election Day
Election, Midterm
Elector
Electoral College
Electronic Voting
Entitlement
Executive Branch
Exit Poll

F

Fat Cat
Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA)
Federal Election Commission (FEC)
Federal Government
Fiscal Year (FY)
Franchise
Front-runner

G

Gender Gap
Gerrymander
G. O. P.
Governor
Governor, Lieutenant
Grass Roots
Green Party
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Gross National Product (GNP)

H

Hard Money
House of Representatives

I

Inauguration
Incumbent
Independent
Independent Expenditure
Initiative

J

Judicial Branch

L

Lame Duck
Left
Leftist
Left Wing
Legislative Branch
Liberal
Libertarian Party
Lieutenant Governor
Line-item Veto
Lobby
Lobbyist

M

Majority
Majority Leader
Majority Party
Matching Funds
Mayor
Medicaid
Medicare
Member of Congress
Midterm Election
Minority Leader
Minority Party
Motor-voter Law
Mudslinging

N

National Debt
National Party Convention
Negative Ads
Nominee
Nonpartisan

O

Open Primary

P

Partisan
Platform
Plurality
Pocket Veto
Political Action Committee (PAC)
Politician
Poll
Polls
Poll, Straw
Pork Barrel
Precinct
Presidential Elector
President of the Senate
President of the United States
President Pro Tempore
Primary Election
Primary, Closed
Primary, Open
Progressive
Proportional Representation
Protest Vote
Public Funding
Push Polling



R

Reagan Democrat
Redistricting
Referendum
Reform Party
Representative, State
Representative, U.S.
Republican Party
Revenues
Right
Right Wing
Running Mate

S

Secretary
Senate
Senator, State
Senator, U.S.
Separation of Powers
Social Security
Soft Money
Sound Bite
Speaker of the House
Special Interests
Spin
Split Ticket
State Legislature
State Representative
State Senator
States' Rights
Statute
Straight Ticket
Straw Vote or Straw Poll
Stump Speech
Suffrage
Superdelegate
Super Tuesday
Supreme Court
Surplus
Swing Voter

T

Term Limits
Territory
Third Party
Threshold
Ticket
Ticket Splitting

U

Unicameral Legislature
U.S. Representative
U.S. Senator

V

Veto
Vice President of the United States
Voter Turnout
Voting Rights Act of 1965

W

War Chest
Ward
Wedge Issue
Whip
Winner-Take-All

Y

Yellow Dog Democrat





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