Part 3: Local Government

Questions: Sections 6-7

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the method by which groups make decisions about government called?
  2. What is an organization or group which tries to get its candidates elected to public office called?
  3. What is a person who is trying to get elected called?
  4. Name the two major political parties and their symbols.
  5. People who are not associated with any political party call themselves what?
  6. Offices in which political parties are not involved are called what?
  7. What is a voting district called?
  8. North Dakota is the only state that does not require voters to do what?
  9. What are places to vote called?
  10. What is a paper for marking votes called?
  11. A ballot marked privately is called what?
  12. A person may vote at home using what kind of ballot?

Critical Thinking Questions

  1. Explain why it is better to have two political parties rather than just one.

  2. Why is it good that court judges are nonpartisan candidates?

  3. What would you tell someone who says, “I’m not going to vote because my vote doesn’t make any difference”?

  4. Amendment 26 to the U.S. Constitution gives people the right to vote when they reach age 18. Do you think that is a good age to begin voting, or should the voting age be lower? or higher? Explain.