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Impeach

To bring charges against a public official while that person is still in office.

Ratify

To approve something, such as an amendment.

Jury

A group of citizens chosen from the list of registered voters to hear evidence on a case and to make a decision based on the evidence presented.

Amendment

A change in document.

Felony

Serious crimes like robbery, or murder that are punishable by prison or death.

Veto

Rejection of a bill.

Misdemeanor

Any offense that carries a punishment of up to a year in the county jail.

Census

An actual count of the people.

Bicameral

Made up of 2 houses.

Verdict

The decision the jury makes.

Electorial college

A special committee to choose the president.

Jurisdiction

Courts' area of authority.

Municipality

Cities, towns, and villages that provide local gov't to specific areas and can be classified according to population size.

Charter

A city's basic law or constitution that names the city, describes its boundaries, outlines its form of gov't, and makes the new city a municipal corporation (legal person).

Tax rate

A rate based on the financial needs of the local government; often expressed in mills.

Annexation

The process by which Mississippi municipalities expand their boundaries by adjoining land.

Naturalization

A process by which persons from other countries (called aliens) can become American citizens.

Minor

A person under the age of 21.

Indictment

Formal changes.

Voting precincts

Subdivisions of the county, or city that registered voters are assigned to for election purposes.