Georgia Magazine - October 2012 - (Page 7)

Choosing federal officials The U.S. Constitution established qualifications and processes for choosing members of Congress, the president and federal judges. To serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, an individual must be 25 years old and a U.S. citizen for seven years. Representatives are elected every two years by popular vote from districts within their states or, if the state has a small population, by voters in the entire state. Senators are elected by popular vote of the citizens of their state, and must be 30 years old and a U.S. citizen for nine years in order to serve. Senators represent an entire state. Originally, senators were elected by their state legislatures, but that was changed by the 17th Amendment in 1913. Senators serve for six years, but because their terms are staggered, only one-third of the Senate is elected every two years. The president is elected indirectly by the Electoral College, which almost always reflects the popular vote in a given state. A person must be 35 years old and a natural-born citizen of the United States to serve as president. U.S. Supreme Court justices and other federal judges are appointed by the president and must be confirmed by the Senate. Federal judicial appointees hold office for life, or “during good behavior,” as the Constitution states in Article III, Section 1. The Constitution sets no qualifications for judges, but Alexander Hamilton wrote in “Federalist No. 78” that only a few individuals would acquire a “competent knowledge” of judicial precedents and “sufficient skill in the laws” to be qualified to serve. —Jim Jess Oh Baby! I’m sooooo excited! Enter our online trivia contest for a chance to win $25! Go to to see what all the excitement’s about! Picture this? Guess where this is and you could Win $25! In “Picture this?”the reader whose photo of a Georgia place is published wins $25— as does the person who correctly guesses what the photo is and where it was taken. The winner’s name (drawn at random from correct guesses) and the answer will appear in a future issue. If you’re ready to guess, or have a photo for us to consider, email picturethis@geor or mail to “Picture this,” P.O. Box 1707, Tucker, GA 30085. Submissions for consideration should be 300-dpi photos you have taken of locations that are easy to identify, but not too prominent. Please send photos and guesses separately. Guesses for the October contest must be received by Oct. 19, 2012. With all correspondence, please include your name, address and phone number. Our winners from the August 2012 issue are Hope Paulk, of Ocilla, who took the photo, and Tammy Brewer, of Fitzgerald, who correctly guessed that it is a picture of a playground “dinosaur” at Irwin County Elementary School in Ocilla. web exclusive For more about the Electoral College, see page 38B of the October 2012 digital edition online at web exclusive Celebrating the Georgia lifestyle GEMC ® August 2012 More online at 7 October 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - October 2012

Georgia Magazine - October 2012
Liberty Notes
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Picture-perfect pets!
Adventures across the border
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - October 2012