Ballot = A vote
Candidate = someone standing for election
Coalition = group of political parties joining together
Constituency = the geographical area an MP is responsible for
Constituent = person who lives in the geographical area an MP is responsible for
Electorate = all the people who vote in an election.
First Past the Post = the electoral system we use for general elections.
Manifesto = the public policies, ideas and promises a party makes to the electorate before the election.
MP = Member of Parliament. MPs represent everyone in their constituency, even the ones who didn't vote for them. They're based in the House of Commons.
Poll = another name for an election.
Polling station = the place where you vote.
Safe seat = a constituency where there is overwhelming support for one party, where any other party has almost no chance of winning.
Seat = constituency
Secret Ballot = nobody can know who you voted for so there is no chance that you can be intimidated or influenced.