United States Election Glossary pt 9
Part of knowing how to participate in a United States election is to have a thorough understanding of the language and lingo. This is part nine of the United States election glossary, including the more prevalent terms that you need to know.
Senate – The senate is a part of Congress. In Congress, the senators are responsible for proposing and voting on laws and legislation. Two senators exist for each state so there are 100 in total. Each senator is elected for a term of six years.
Soft Money – This is money that is given to a party but not specifically to a candidate in particular.
Straw Vote – This is an unofficial type of vote that is used in order to predict how a specific election may turn out.
Suffrage – This is the privilege or right of voting.
Suffragette – This is a person that once campaigned for the rights of all women to vote. In 1920, the 19th amendment was ratified in the United States Constitution to give all women the right to participate in elections.
Super Delegate – This is an extra-special delegate that is chosen but not elected by the party. These delegates are seated specifically because of the position that they hold in the government or their party, or they are chosen by the state’s party.
Super Tuesday – This is the day on which many special primary elections are held. Super Tuesday has been around since 1988, which is when many states in the south decided that they would hold their primary elections on the same day.