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Elections GOV 310L Prof. Casellas
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Points of Interest What are the different modes of choosing the president? How are the people who vote in primary elections? How does the electoral college affect me? How have the careers of Congressmen and women changed over time? What is the power of an incumbent? What are the types of elections in Texas? How do Texans compare to others in terms of voter turnout?
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Caucus Caucus—meeting of candidate supporters that chooses delegates to a state or national convention.
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Primary Elections Primary Election—preliminary election that narrows the number of candidates by determining who will be the nominees in the general election.
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Primaries Closed—only party members can vote… and only in the party in which they are registered. Semi-closed—independents can participate. Open—any registered voter can participate.
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Political Activists People who voluntarily participate in politics; they are more interested in and committed to particular issues and candidates than are ordinary citizens.
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Popular and Electoral Votes Popular vote: The total vote cast for a candidate across the nation. Electoral vote Cast by electors, with each state receiving one vote for each of its members of the House of Representatives and one vote for each of its senators.
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States in Proportion to Electoral Votes, 1984
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Electoral Vote and Winner-Take-All Voting Winner-take-all voting Any voting procedure in which the side with the most votes gets all of the seats or delegates at stake. Texas has 32 members of the House and Two members in the Senate.
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