A Critical First Step Nomination ◦ Naming those who will seek office. ◦ Very Critical part of the process. General Elections ◦ Voters make the final elections of officeholders. Five ways in which nominations are made in the U.S: ◦ 1- Self-Announcement ◦ 2- Caucus ◦ 3- Convention ◦ 4- Direct Primary ◦ 5- Petition
Self Announcement The method is simple. A person who wants to run for office simply announces that fact. Someone who failed to win a regular party nomination or by someone unhappy with the party’s choice.
The Caucus A group of like minded people who meet to select the candidates they will support in an upcoming election.
The Convention The delegates nominate candidates for county offices and select delegates to the next rung on the convention ladder, usually the State convention. Country conventions pick the party’s nominees for governor and other state wide offices.
The Direct Primary This in an intra party election. It is held within a party to pick that party’s candidates for general election. Two basic forms of direct primary. ◦ Open Primary- is a party nominating election in which any qualified voter can take part. ◦ Closed Primary- is a party nominating election in which only declared party members can vote.
Closed vs. Primary 1- It prevents one party from raiding the other’s primary in the hope of nominating weaker candidates in the other party. 2- It helps make candidates more responsive to the party, its platform, and its members. 3- It helps make voters more thoughtful because they must chose between the parties in order to vote in the primaries.
Petition Nominating method is used fairly widely at the local level in American politics today. Most founded in a local level.
The Administration of Elections Extent of Federal Control ◦ Congress has powers to set times and places to vote. When elections are held ◦ Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Early Voting ◦ Those who are ill or disabled to make it. ◦ Those who will be away from home. ◦ Those serving in the armed services. Cocktail Effect ◦ Occurs when a strong candidate running for an office at the top of the ballot helps attract voters to other candidates on the party’s ticket.
Precincts and Polling Places Precinct- is a voting district. Polling Place- the place where the voters who live in a precinct actually vote-is located somewhere in or near each precinct.
Casting the Ballot Australian Ballot Office Group Ballot The Party Column ballot Sample Ballots Bedsheets Ballots
Automated Voting Electronic Vote Counting Vote by Mail Elections Online Voting
Campaign Spending No one knows how much money is spent. ◦ Presidential Campaigns cost 1.5 billion. ◦ How much depends on the office involved, the opposition, the candidate, whether she or he is the incumbent, and the availability of campaign funds.
Sources of Funding Two basic sources: ◦ Public treasury ◦ Private contributions Why People Give? ◦ Belief in the party. ◦ Want something in return. ◦ Want appointments to public offices. ◦ Want certain laws passed.
Regulating Campaign Finance Congress does not have the power to regulate the use of money in State and local elections. Every state now regulates at least some aspects of campaign finance, however some of them more effectively than others.
The Federal Election Commission Disclosure Requirements Limits on Contributions PAC Contributions Limits on Expenditures Public Funding of Presidential Campaigns
Hard and Soft Money Hard Money ◦ Placed limits ◦ Money raised and spent to elect candidates for Congress and the White House Soft Money ◦ Funds given to party organizations for such party- building activities as candidate recruitment, voter registration and get out the vote drives, and similar efforts.