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SS Unit 1

Civics and Government

TermDefinition
U.S. Constitution the system of beliefs and laws by which a country is governed
citizen a person who legally belongs to a country and has the rights and protection of that country
responsibility a duty or task that you have to do or are expected to do
government the group of people who control and make decisions for a country, state, etc.
participate to be involved with others in doing something
political process brings together government officials or institutions and people from the general public
jurisdiction the power or right to govern an area
jury duty a group of people who make a decision in court
military duty/ Selective Service used in the United States to draft young men into armed service if there is a war
right something that a person is or should be morally or legally allowed to have, get, or do
Bill of Rights the first ten amendments to the US Constitution
taxes an amount of money that a government requires people to pay that is used to pay for the things done by the government
due process of law idea that a person cannot be deprived of life, liberty, or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards
amendment a change in the words or meaning of a law or document
procedure a series of actions that are done in a certain way or order
ratified (ratification) to make (a treaty, agreement, etc.) official by signing it or voting for it
state legislature elected officials of government having the power to make laws on the state level
suffrage the right to vote in an election
poll taxes a tax of a fixed amount per person on adults and often linked to the right to vote
literacy tests a test that determines the ability of a voter based on his/her his ability to read and write
electoral college 538 electors who cast votes to decide the President and Vice-President of the United States
15th Amendment "Right to Vote" any American cannot be denied the right to vote, based on race, color or being a former slave.
19th Amendment gave women the right to vote in 1920
23rd Amendment gives residents of Washington DC the right to vote for representatives in the Electoral College
24th Amendment got rid of the poll tax for all federal elections
26th Amendment changed the voting age to 18 years old
Created by: bethjenkins