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U.S. Electoral System & Political Process Participation - Chapter Summary
We've put together the lessons in this chapter to explain the U.S. electoral system and political process participation. Some of the subjects you'll find include the electoral college, forms of political participation and U.S. political parties. After finishing these videos, you should be able to:
- Discuss representation and U.S. electoral systems
- Define reapportionment and redistricting for Congressional constituencies
- Outline the processes of the electoral college
- Explain the purpose, history and structure of U.S. political parties
- Identify different forms of political participation
- Detail influences on political participation in the United States
- Describe the alternative forms of political participation
- Identify the factors that influence the outcome of an election
When you work through this chapter, help with any questions that come up is available from our experts in the Dashboard. If you need to go back and re-watch any portion of a video lesson, just use the video tabs feature. Our lesson quizzes are designed to assess your understanding before you move forward or take an exam.
1. Representation & U.S. Electoral Systems
In this lesson, you'll consider the importance of representation in elections and how districts can help achieve this. You will learn about winner-take-all elections and ones that aim to be more proportional to the votes cast.
2. Reapportionment & Redistricting for Congressional Constituencies: Definition & Process
In this lesson, we will review the constitutional requirements for determining congressional districts. We will take a closer look at the process and effects of reapportionment and redistricting.
3. The Electoral College: Definition & Process
In the U.S., our presidential elections are decided using the Electoral College. The system is meant to balance election power between the federal and state governments. This lesson explains what the Electoral College is and how it works.
4. U.S. Political Parties: Purpose, History, Organization & Structure
In this lesson, you will explore the history and structure of American political parties, including the current dominant groups. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
5. What is Political Participation? - Definition, Forms & Examples
Through this lesson, you will learn what defines political participation, explore some examples, and gain insight into why political participation matters in democratic societies.
6. Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout
Despite an increase in the number of eligible voters, political participation in the United States seems to be on the decline. This lesson discusses influences on political participation and voter turnout.
7. Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types
Americans participate in government by voting, but they also participate in many other ways. This lesson discusses the role alternative forms of political participation play in our political involvement.
8. What Factors Influence the Outcome of an Election?
In this lesson, we will learn about several important factors that influence the outcome of an election. We will look in-depth at these factors and why they are important in the outcome of an election.
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