Civil Government of Virginia eBook

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The members of the Electoral College do not meet all together to elect the President and Vice-President.  The electors of each State meet in the capital of their own State in January after they are elected, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President. after which they send lists to the President of the United States Senate showing how they have voted.  Those lists are examined in the Senate and the votes counted.  Then the candidates who have received the votes of a majority of the Electoral College are declared elected.


1.  From whom are the powers of government derived?

2.  What are magistrates?

3.  For what is government instituted?

4.  What are fundamental principles?

5.  What is the Bill of Rights?

6 What is a constitution?

7.  What is trial by jury?

8 Tell what you understand by freedom of elections, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and religious freedom

9.  Tell the difference between civil rights and political rights.

10.  What are public privileges?

11.  What is involuntary servitude?

12.  Define private property.

13.  Who is entitled to vote, and who is eligible to office?

14.  What is a citizen?

15.  How may one become a citizen?

16.  Define the terms bribery, embezzlement, treason, felony, petit larceny, and duel.

17.  What are jurors?

18.  When are the elections for State officers held?

19.  How are elections conducted?

20.  Define ballot, polls, and Booth.

21.  What are State officers?

22.  What is a corporation?

23.  What is the meaning of qualified?

24.  How many senators and representatives in Congress is the State entitled to?

25.  How many votes is the State entitled to in the Electoral College?

26.  What is the Electoral College?

27.  How do the electors choose the President and Vice-President of the United States?


Legislative department.

The legislative power of the commonwealth is vested in a General
Assembly consisting of a Senate and House of Delegates.

Legislative power is the power to legislate or make laws, hence the General Assembly is the legislature of Virginia.  Commonwealth, which means common well-being, or common good, is a name sometimes given to a State or country which has a republican form of government—­that is, a government in which the people are the supreme power, and in which all the people have common (that is, equal) interests and common rights.  Consisting means formed or made up of.

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