Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 2:48 AM
Site: Minnesota Literacy Council
Course: Study for the U.S. Citizenship Test (Citizenship Study)
Glossary: New Vocabulary

current

at the present time (now), or the most recent.

Example:  The current Governor of Minnesota is Tim Pawlenty.  (He is Governor now.)

governor

the leader of a state government's executive branch.  Just as the country has one President, each state has one Governor.

elect

to choose (a candidate) by voting.

Example:  In November of 2008, we will elect a new President.

candidate

a person who is competing to be elected to a government office.

Example:  There are two major candidates for President:  Barack Obama and John McCain.

term

a period of time.

In government, a term is how long an elected official keeps his or her job before the next election.

Example:  The President is elected to a 4-year term.  Each President can only serve two terms.

tribe

a group of people who live in the same area and whose families are often related.  They share the same language, culture, and history.

Example:  The Sioux are an American Indian tribe who live in Minnesota and speak the Dakota language.

ratify

to approve; to make an agreement official.

Example:  Amendments to the Constitution must be ratified by state legislatures.

debate

to discuss (talk about) a subject in a formal way; to argue about something by giving different opinions about it.

Example:  The presidential candidates will debate their plans for improving the economy.

federal

having to do with the national government, rather than the government of a specific state.

convention

a large formal meeting of people.

Example:  The Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul in September, 2008.