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Vocabulary

Important election words & phrases.

absentee ballot: used to vote when someone cannot physically be at the polling place on election day

amendment: a change to the U.S. Constitution

ballot:
a sheet of paper, cardboard card, or electronic instrument used to cast a vote

bill:
a proposed law

bipartisan:
supported by both political parties

campaign:
a race between candidates for elective office

caucus:
a meeting of members of a political party, usually to appoint representatives to party positions

coalition:
an alliance of people or political parties

Congress:
legislative body of the United States

conservative:
someone preferring traditional values and views

constituent:
a person represented by an elected official

delegate:
one sent to act as a representative for a group

democracy:
government in which the people hold the ruling power

enfranchise:
to grant the vote to

lame duck:
an elected official still in office who has not been reelected for another term, or who is resigning at the end of the term

grass roots:
the common people at a local level

incumbent:
someone currently holding an office

liberal:
someone preferring change and social programs to help lower classes in society

nominate:
to name as a candidate for an election

partisan:
devoted to a cause or a party

petition:
a written request signed by many people demanding an action from an authority or government

platform:
a document stating the aims and principles of a political party

poll:
the place where votes are cast and registered, or a survey of the public

primary: an election for choosing the candidates who will run in the final election

veto:
to prevent a bill from becoming law

The Presidential Election is on Tuesday, 8 November 2016

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