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American Government Chapter 13 Essay

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electorate
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All of the people entitled to vote in a given election
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balance the ticket
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When a presidential candidate chooses a running mate who can strengthen their chance of being elected.
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chief of state
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The ceremonial head of the government of the United States.
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proportional plan
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A proposal in which each candidate would receive the same share of a State’s electoral vote that they won in the popular election.
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electoral college
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A group of people,collectively, which are elected by the voters to represent them in making a formal selection of the Vice President and President
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chief citizen
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The representative of all the people in the U.S. working for the public interest.
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national convention
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The meetings at which delegates vote to pick their presidential and vice-presidential candidates
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Presidential Succession Act of 1947
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The law specifying the order of presidential succession following the Vice President.
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chief of party
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The leader of the political party that controls the executive branch
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platform
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A political party’s formal statement of basic principles, stands on issues, and objectives
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presidential succession
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The scheme by which a presidential vacancy is filled
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electoral votes
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Votes cast by electors in the electoral college
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chief administrator
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The head of the administration of the Federal Government
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presidential primary
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An election in which a party’s voters choose their delegates to the national convention and express their preference among the contenders for their party’s presidential nomination
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chief executive
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The head of the executive branch of the United States
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keynote address
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The speech given by an important party member at the first session of the national convention of a party
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district plan
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A system in which presidential electors would be chosen by each of a State’s congressional districts
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presidential elector
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A person who is selected in each State to formally select the President and Vice President
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chief legislator
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The main architect of the nation’s public policies
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winner-take-all
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When a candidate gets 51% of the popular vote, they earn all of the electoral votes
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commander in chief
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The head of the armed forces
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national popular vote plan
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Each state’s election laws would award all of the state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.
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direct popular election
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A proposal to do away with the electoral college and allow voters to vote directly for a Presidential candidate
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chief diplomat
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The main architect of American foreign policy
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proportional representation
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A rule applied in Democratic primaries in which a candidate who wins at least 15% of the votes gets the number of convention delegates based on their share of that primary vote.