Political Spectrum
Party Functions
Party Similarities
Electoral College
Vocab
100
Conservatives are on what side of the political spectrum?
The right.
100
Using the mistakes of their opponents to their own advantage is an example of which function of political parties?
Monitoring the actions of officeholders
100
Differences between political parties are stated in their ______
Platform
100
What does the Electoral College do?
Officially elect our president and vice president
100
Who are the electorate?
People who vote
200
Who favors government that is active in social and political change?
Liberals.
200

What is a party's platform?

A list of their beliefs and principles, as well as, where they stand on specific issues

200
Why do political parties organize?
To win elections
200

What is the total number of electoral votes AND what is the magic number?

538 total votes
270 to win

200
What does campaigning mean?
To run for office
300
Who do conservatives believe are best suited to solve our nation's problems?
People
300
Officially putting forth someone to run for political office is an example of which function of political parties?
Recruiting and nominating candidates
300
T/F - Candidates from both parties reflect liberal AND conservative views
True
300

The fact that candidates need a majority of votes to win each state favors what type of party system?

Two-party System

300

How the government responds to problems and issues.

Public policy

400
Who is most likely against raising the minimum wage?
Conservatives
400

Why do parties want to win elections

To influence public policy

400
Both political parties want to win elections in order to do what?
Influence public policy
400

A presidential candidate who receives 49.9% of the popular vote in Virginia will earn how many electoral votes?

Zero

400

Popular vote

A direct vote by the people

500
Those in the middle of the political spectrum are known as what?
Moderates
500

Why do parties organize?

To win elections

500
What to both parties try to do in order to win majority support?
Appeal to the political center
500

The number of electoral vote each state receives is exactly equal to?

It's total number of representatives in Congress. (#Senators + #Representatives)

500

Trying to influence lawmakers to vote for or against a bill

Lobbying

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