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Ch 4: Electoral Systems

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the different kinds of electoral systems and how they are used to elect government officials in the United States. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

About This Chapter

An electoral system is a voting system that allows voters to make democratic choices between political candidates. The video lessons in this chapter will give you an in-depth look at electoral systems, including the various types and their components. These engaging and modular lessons also introduce you to runoffs, recalls and primaries. Once you have finished studying the lessons on electoral systems, you should have the ability to explain:

  • How representation is connected to elections
  • The contrasts between plurality and majority-based elections
  • The processes that are involved in primary elections

Video Objective
Representation and U.S. Electoral Systems Learn about electoral representation in single- and multi-member districts. Also gain an understanding of some aspects of proportional representation.
Plurality vs. Majority-Based Elections Explore the definitions of these two types of elections and explain some of the differences between majority and plurality systems.
Direct vs. Indirect Elections Discover key contrasts between direct and indirect elections.
Runoffs, Recalls and Primaries in Elections Provide definitions and discuss some aspects of primary elections, recalls and runoff elections.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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