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Constitutional Vocabulary

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Preamble
Introduction
Ratify
Approve
Federalist
Supports Constitution as written
Antifederalist
Wants BoR added to ratify Constitution
Proportional
depends on size
Bicameral
Two houses
Census
Population count- in US every 10 years
Article
a part
Federal
national
Legislation
law
Constituent
a person being represented
Impeach
to accuse of a crime
Amendment
a change
Federalism
power is divided between national and state governments
Popular Sovereignty
A belief that ultimate power resides in the people.
Republic
A form of government in which citizens choose their leaders by voting
Enumerated Powers
Powers given to the national government alone
concurrent powers
powers shared by the national and state governments
reserved powers
Powers given to the state government alone
Electoral College
select POTUS
Judicial Review
The power of the courts to declare laws unconstitutional
checks and balances
used to keep the government from getting too powerful in one branch
Separation of powers
divides power between the 3 branches
naturalization
a legal process to become a citizen
suffrage
the right to vote