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Election Word List

Education World has compiled a list of election-related words and terms from a variety of sources. Feel free to add to or subtract from this list as your students create their own election glossary or an ABCs of Elections book.
 
A
absentee ballot
activist
amendment
appointment
appropriations
at large
authorization
B
baiting
balanced budget
ballot
ballot box
ballot box stuffing
ballot proposition
bandwagon
Beltway, the
bias
bicameral legislature
bill
Bill of Rights
bipartisan
boondoggle
budget
C
cabinet
campaign
campaign spending limits
canvas
caucus
challenger
checks and balances
City Council
City Manager
coalition
closed primary
coattails
Congress
Congressional District
conservative
constituent
Constitution (U.S.)
convention
cosponsor
county
County Clerk
County Commissioner
D
dark horse
debate
declare
deficit
delegate
democracy
Democratic Party
direct primary
E
Election Day
electoral college
electoral vote
electronic voting
enact
entitlement
ethics
Executive Branch
exit poll
F
Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA)
Federal Election Commission (FEC)
fiscal year (FY)
front-runner
G
gerrymander
GOP
governor
grass roots
Green Party
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Gross National Product (GNP)
H
hard money
House of Representatives
I
inauguration
incumbent
independent
initiative
J
Judicial Branch
L
lame duck
landslide
left
left wing
Legislative Branch
liberal
Libertarian Party
Lieutenant Governor
line-item veto
lobby
lobbyist
M
machine
Majority Leader
majority party
matching funds
Mayor
Member of Congress
midterm election
Minority Leader
minority party
Motor-Voter Law
mudslinging
N
national debt
negative ads
nominate
nominee
nonpartisan
O
open primary
P
partisan
petition
platform
plurality
pocket veto
Political Action Committee (PAC)
politician
"Politics makes strange bedfellows”
poll
pork barrel
precinct
President of the Senate
President of the United States
President Pro Tempore
primary election
progressive
propaganda
proportional representation
public funding
public office
Q
quorum
R
Reagan Democrat
reapportionment
recount
redistricting
referendum
Reform Party
registration
Republican Party
revenues
right
right wing
roll call
running mate
runoff election
S
Secretary of State
Senate
seniority
separation of powers
Social Security
soft money
sound bite
Speaker of the House
special interests
spin
split ticket
State Legislature
State Representative
State Senator
states' rights
statute
straight ticket
strategy
straw vote, straw poll
stump speech
subcommittee
suffrage
super delegate
Super Tuesday
Supreme Court
surplus
swing voter
T
tally
term
term limits
territory
third party
"throw your hat in the ring”
ticket
U
uncommitted delegate
unicameral legislature
U.S. Representative
U.S. Senator
V
veto
Vice President of the United States
"vote with your feet”
voter turnout
Voting Rights Act of 1965
W
war chest
ward
wedge issue
Whip
whistle stop