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Civics Executive Branch Vocab

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Elector
person appointed to vote in presidential elections for the major candidates
electoral college
a group of people named by each state legislature to select the president and vice president
popular vote
vote of the people in a "general election"
electoral vote
the official vote for president and vice president by electors in each state
succession
when a president dies or something happens to them, the vice president will take presidency
executive order
a rule or command that has the force of law
pardon
a declaration of forgiveness and freedom from punishment
reprieve
an order to delay a persons punishment until a higher court can hear the case
amnesty
a pardon to a group of people
national security
the ability to keep the country safe from attack or harm
treaty
a formal agreement between the governments of two ore more countries
executive agreement
an agreement between the president and the leader of another country
ambassador
an official representative of a country's government
trade sanction
an effort to punish another nation by imposing trade barriers
embargo
an agreement among a group of nations that prohibits them all from trading with a target nation
federal bureaucracy
agencies and the employees of the executive branch of government
spoils system
rewarding people with government jobs on the basis if their political support
cabinet
a group of advisers to the president that includes the heads of 15 top-level executive departments
civil service worker
person hired into a government position
civil service system
the practice of hiring government workers on the basis of open, competitive examinations and merit
merit system
hiring people into government jobs on the basis of their qualifications
political appointee
a person appointed to a federal position by the president