Study for the U.S. Citizenship Test
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at the present time (now), or the most recent.
Example: The current Governor of Minnesota is Tim Pawlenty. (He is Governor now.)
the leader of a state government's executive branch. Just as the country has one President, each state has one Governor.
to choose (a candidate) by voting.
Example: In November of 2008, we will elect a new President.
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.
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.
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.
to approve; to make an agreement official.
Example: Amendments to the Constitution must be ratified by state legislatures.
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.
having to do with the national government, rather than the government of a specific state.
a large formal meeting of people.
Example: The Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul in September, 2008.