GED Social Studies : Election Process

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GED Social Studies

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Election Process

An election in which many voters switch their political party allegiance is called a __________.

Possible Answers:

a bemusing election

a tipping point election

an irate election

a dealignment election

a realignment election

Correct answer:

a realignment election

Explanation:

A realignment election takes place when many votes switch their political-party allegiance. Often, a realignment election sees the rise of a third party or a previously unknown party into the two-party system. Other times it sees voters switching which of the two major parties they support. A realignment election often reflects widespread voter dissatisfaction with one or both of the two major parties.

Example Question #1 : Election Process

A presidential candidate must win a majority of __________________ in order to become the next president.

Possible Answers:

The Popular Vote

The Affection of Different States

None of these

The Electoral College

Correct answer:

The Electoral College

Explanation:

A presidential candidate must win a majority of the Electoral College in order to become the next President. This is a slightly tricky question. Many people are under the incorrect assumption that a candidate must win a majority of the popular vote in order to become President. In reality, becoming the President requires a majority of the Electoral College-- which does not necessarily require a majority of the popular vote (due to the way that we count votes).

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