TRUMPtionary:Election Glossary

The Election Glossary, also known as the TRUMPtionary, is a listing of all the political talk that accompanies Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign. Use this glossary to be able to understand various lingo associated with the campaign, and how those terms play a part in the election process.


Abandoned Ballot
Ballot that the voter did not place in the ballot box or record as cast on DRE before leaving the polling place.
Absentee Ballot
Ballot cast by a voter unable to vote in person at his or her polling place on Election Day.
Absentee Voting
Absentee voting is comprised of two methods by which registered voters may cast ballots other than the traditional method of appearing in person and casting a ballot on the day of the election. These methods are absentee by mail (civilian absentee voting and military and overseas citizens absentee voting) and absentee in-person (one-stop absentee voting). This is also referred to as “early voting.”
Acceptance Testing
Examination of a voting system and its components by the purchasing election authority (usually in a simulated-use environment) to validate performance of delivered units in accordance with procurement requirements, and to validate that the delivered system is, in fact, the certified system purchased.
Measurable characteristics that indicate the degree to which a system is available to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities. The most common disabilities include those associated with vision, hearing and mobility, as well as cognitive disabilities.
Accessible Voting Station
Voting station equipped for individuals with disabilities.
1.  Extent to which a given measurement agrees with an accepted standard for that measurement.
2.  Closeness of the agreement between the result of a measurement and a true value of the particular quantity subject to measurement. Accuracy is a qualitative concept and is not interchangeable with precision.
Accuracy for Voting Systems
Ability of the system to capture, record, store, consolidate and report the specific selections and absence of selections, made by the voter for each ballot position without error. Required accuracy is defined in terms of an error rate that for testing purposes represents the maximum number of errors allowed while processing a specified volume of data.
Sworn statement form, sworn and subscribed to.
To associate as a member, as in, a political party or organization.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA is a federal law that was enacted by Congress in 1990 and signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H. W. Bush. The ADA is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability. at large Relating to or being a political representative who is elected to serve an entire area rather than one of its subdivisions.
Audio Ballot
A ballot in which a set of offices is presented to the voter in spoken, rather than written, form. audit Systematic, independent, documented process for obtaining records, statements of fact or other relevant information and assessing them objectively to determine the extent to which specified requirements are fulfilled.
AutoMARK Voting Machine
The AutoMARK voting machine is ballot-marking technology that allows voters with disabilities and other special needs to mark a ballot privately and independently when using an optical scan voting system. The AutoMARK voting machine is used in almost all voting precincts nationwide.