Answer the following questions on the Presidential selection process (3).

1.        What are the three methods used to select delegates?

        * party caucus, primary election, State Convention

2.        Which method of delegate selection was first used?

      * caucus

3.        Which method of delegate selection did Andrew Jackson initiate?

        * State convention

4.        Which method was a reform of the Progressive Movement?

        * primary election

5.        When does the selection of delegates take place?

        * February  through June

6.        What determines the method of selection for each state?

        * State Law

7.        Who selects the nominee for vice-president?

        * the nominee for president

8.        Describe a platform.

        * declaration of a political party’s principles, policies, and goals

9.        Who chooses a party’s nominee?

        * convention delegates

10.     Describe four functions of a Nominating Convention?

        * choose the party’s presidential nominee, write party platform, rally
party activists, create party solidarity.

11.     When does the Presidential Nominating Convention take place?

        * during July and September

12.     What decision rule is used by the Convention?

        * majority decision rule

13.     Describe the majority decision rule?

        *requiring at least one more than half the votes

14.     Describe the plurality decision rule?

        * requiring more votes than the other candidate’s slate, but not a majority

15.     Describe the proportional representation decision rule?

        * representatives are elected from multi-seat districts in proportion to the number of votes received.

16.     Who is actually being voted for in a popular vote?

        * an elector

17.     How many electors are designated for Washington D.C.?


18.     What is the total number of electors?


19.     How many electors are designated for the number of Senators?

        * The number of electors are equal to the number of senators

20.     How many electors are designated for the number of House Representatives?

        * The number of electors are equal to the number of House of Representatives

21.     What single factor influences the amount of electors a state will have?

        * A state's population

22.     When does the popular vote take place?

        * The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November

23.     Which decision rule is used in the popular vote?

        * For slates of electors chosen by the state political parties

24.     Where does the electoral vote take place in each state?

        * In the capital of their state

25.     What is the number of a state’s electors equal to?


        * The total number of U.S. Senators and representatives


26.     What is the minimal amount of electors a state can have?


27.     What is the relationship between population and electors?

        * The number of electors is determined by the states population


28.     Would you expect that a heavily populated state has more influence in an election

than a sparsely populated state? 

* Yes

29.     How many electors are needed for a nominee to win the Presidency?

        * 270

30.     If a nominee receives half of the electors, would he win the presidency?

        *  No, must receive the majority

31.     Explain the possibility of the faithless elector?

        * They pledge the vote for the winner in their state, but are legally free to vote for the candidate they prefer.

32.     Who decides the presidency if no nominee receives a majority?

                * The House of Representative elect the President from among the three                        candidates with the most electoral votes. 


33.     When does the electoral vote take place?

        * on the first Monday after the first Wednesday in December


34.     How is a majority different from a plurality?

        * Majority is when a candidate receives more than half of votes from the population whereas plurality is just receiving a larger number of votes than the number received by the nearest rival.

35.     How many votes are allocated to each state if the House is to decide an election?


36.     How many votes does one nominee need when the House decides an election?

        * a majority

37.     Who may hold the balance of power in the House vote?

        *the majority party

38.     When do the House of Representatives vote?

        *when no candidate receives a majority of the electoral votes

39.     What decision rule is used in the House?

        *majority decision (winner-take-all system)

40.     Is the election process different for major and minor parties?




MATCHINGOn your Scantron sheet, please use a #2 pencil to fill in the letter of the best choice to match each numbered item. Each letter is used as an answer in each section. You may write on this sheet, but be sure to turn it in.


            41. The first method of delegate selection. (B)                                                        A. state                                                                                                                                                                                          convention

42. The method of delegate selection initiated by Andrew Jackson. (A)                           B. caucus

            43. This method was a reform of the progressive movement (E)                                          C. platform

            44. Summary of a party’s agenda. (C)                                                                                       D. state law

            45. Method of selection is determined by                                                                                E. primary election (D)


            46. Needing one more than half of the voters. (D)                                                  A. 270

            47. Needing more votes than any other candidate (C)                                                           B. 538

            48. Total number of electors.      (B)                                                                                           C. plurality

            49. Number of electors needed to win presidency. (A)                                                          D. majority

            50. Number of electors given to Washington D.C. (E)                                                           E. 3