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Further Reading

1.Burgan M. The Electoral College / Michael Burgan. – Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2007. – 38 p.

2.Dubois M.L. The U.S. Senate (Our Government) / Muriel L. Dubois. – N.Y.: Capstone Press, 2000. – 24 p.

3.Patrick J.J. The Supreme Court of the United States: A student companion[3-d edition] / John J. Patrick. – New York: Oxford University Press. – 86 p.

4.Ritchie D. A. The Congress of the United States: A student companion[3-d edition] / Donald A. Ritchie. – New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. – 44 p.

5.Sobel S. How the U.S. Government works / Syl Sobel – NY: Barron’s Educational Series, 1999. – 28 p.

* Constitutional republic is a form of government (Not to be confused with the form of territorial-political organization – federal republic – federation of states)

** Each state has its own constitution, laws, legislative, executive and judicial branches. In general, state laws and activities must not conflict with the US Constitution. The highest elected official of each state is the Governor. The institutions that are responsible for local government are typically town, city, or county boards. The highest elected official of a town or city is a mayor.

* The founders appropriated the concept of electors from the Holy Roman Empire (962-1806). An elector was one of a number of princes of the various German states within the Holy Roman Empire who had a right to participate in the election of the German king (who generally was crowned as emperor).

** The U.S. Constitution contains very few provisions relating to the qualifications of electors. Article II, section 1, clause 2 provides that no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector. As a historical matter, the 14th Amendment provides that State officials who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States or given aid and comfort to its enemies are disqualified from serving as electors. This prohibition relates to the post-Civil War era.

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