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How to Register for Voting
Article I and Article II of the US Constitution suggest that the states should run the federal and state elections in the United States. For the online voter registration, visit Vote.gov. On the site, you’ll find the voting forms for 37 states plus the District of Columbia.
You may print it out as a blank form and fill it out by hand. Always remember to sign the National Mail Voter Registration Form before mailing it to the listed location.
You can visit your state or local election office to register in person. If you’re a United States citizen living overseas or you’re a service member or spouse to a service member, you can rely on the Federal Voting Assistance Program to register as a voter and request an absentee ballot.
Types of Law in the USA
The three kinds of laws in the USA include federal, state and local laws. Federal regulations govern everyone in the United States. They include immigration law, bankruptcy law, social security, and supplemental security income (SSI) laws and patent and copyright laws. Others are federal criminal laws and federal anti-discrimination and civil rights laws.
State laws individually apply to the 50 states, commonwealths and territories within the United States. They revolve around criminal matters, divorce and family matters, business contracts, personal injuries, welfare, public assistance or Medicaid matters and wills, inheritances and estates. Local laws, which include local safety, zoning and rent laws, apply to different counties, municipalities, cities, townships, towns, and villages in each state, territory or commonwealth.
In the US, the Supreme Court of the United States is the highest and only court established by the United States Constitution. All other courts in the United States must follow its decisions. The number of judges, also known as "justices," on the Supreme Court changes over time.
Today, there are 9 justices on the court including one Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices. Unless they want to retire early or face impeachment, the justices serve for life. A retired justice can still accept to serve as a judge on a federal Court of Appeals.
The President of the United States is in charge of nominating new justices while the Senate is responsible for approving them. In most cases, the President usually picks a candidate that broadly shares his/her political or legal beliefs. The judges surprise people on many occasions when they turn out to be more conservative or liberal than expected.
Tips for Getting US Citizenship
You can become a US citizen by birth, derivation or naturalization. Being born on US soil makes you a US citizen even if your parents were foreign nationals who entered the country on temporary visas or as undocumented immigrants. However, children with parents that are foreign government officials aren’t worthy of US citizenship even if their birthplace is within the US.
You automatically gain US citizenship if one of your parents was a US citizen at the time of your birth. Having parents who are US nationals grants you the citizenship even if your birthplace is in a foreign country. You’ll only need to fill Form N-600 to obtain a US citizenship certificate, which is as a proof of citizenship.
With naturalization, foreign nationals need to meet few prerequisites and file few forms to become US citizens. They must be lawful permanent residents and present proof of living in the US for at least five years. Individuals below the age 18 and foreign nationals with criminal backgrounds are ineligible to obtain US citizenship through naturalization.