At Girls State, each girl, as she registers, becomes a citizen of an assigned city. The citizens set up city governments and elect city officials. The City Councils then enact ordinances to govern the cities. The city officials enforce the ordinances. Two cities constitute a county. The county governments are organized by the election of a Board of Freeholders, a Sheriff, etc. for each county. The elected officers then proceed to function in all county matters, as provided by the Constitution and the laws of the State of New Jersey. The counties together become the state. Each girl is assigned to one of two parties – Federals or Nationals – so they may see how political parties function.
They develop their own party platforms and discuss issues they choose. All of the elections are carried out according to the existing laws of New Jersey. Following the State Primary Election is the General Election, when the citizens elect the Girls State Governor. From the Assembly and Senatorial Districts they elect the members of the Girls State Assembly and Senate. An Inaugural Ceremony is held and the Girls State Governor-elect and other state officials are given their oaths of office.The two branches of the legislature organize, author, and pass bills. The Governor decides whether to sign the bills into law or veto them.
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