Presidential Candidacy Requires Basic Civics Exam

Presidential Candidacy Requires Basic Civics Exam

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Lisa Coleman-Schmid started this petition to United States Congress

The United States has three coequal branches of government as the Executive ( President) Branch, the Legislative (Congress/House of Representatives) Branch and the Judicial (Supreme Court) Branch. In two out of three of the branches, though votes and choices are individual, policy changes are made as a group effort. The Executive Branch alone has one individual making decisions based on hopefully sound knowledge and reasoning.

On the rare occasion that a member is elected to either the Legislative or Judicial branch, and does not understand how the government works, the team structure is a buffer. When this happens in the Executive branch, there is no buffer. For the safety of our country, a basic civics exam should be administered to every Presidential candidate covering the responsibilities of the three branches of government, separation of powers, election law, states rights and American rights.

This exam should be available for administration by the midseason election prior to the Presidential Election to allow time for the inevitable complaints about particular exam questions.

This is to protect all of us and all of our generations of little Americans that will come many years in the future.

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