chapter 1-9 elections - or law proposed by the legislature)...

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ELECTIONS Most direct form of linkage between public and gov’t decision makers Occur on a regular cycle (calendar) Most occur at state and local level Highly “rule governed” to insure fairness Election law largely state law within basic parameters of federal rights
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ELEMENTS OF ELECTION LAW Who may vote Most anyone over 18 Must be registered States may set some rules on registration, but federal law limits what states can do What is voted upon Primaries (select candidates, generally run by party) Closed primary (only vote in party of your registration) Open Primary (may vote in either party primary, but not both) Blanket (vote for either party by office) Run-off (few states: when a candidate fails to get 50% of vote, top 2 candidates run again) General election (selects office holders) Referendum (direct citizen vote on an existing law
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Unformatted text preview: or law proposed by the legislature) Initiative (direct citizen vote on citizen initiated legislation) Recall (remove office holder before term by citizen vote) Electoral Calendar On year (elections held at same time as Presidential) Off year (elections held in presidential midterm) Odd year (elections held in odd numbered years) Factors Influencing Likelihood of Voting Age, income, education Strong party identification Group membership Perceived closeness of the election Salience of the election (well known candidates, issues, perceived importance) Turnout Trends Decline in turnout since 1950s with occasional spikes Low compared to other democracies Americans do get more involved at higher levels of participation, though (run for office, work for campaigns)...
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