Citizens of Virginia enjoy many rights, but also have civic responsibilities. Virginia's Constitution provides that all people are equally free and independent. Government exists to uphold "the common benefit, protection and security" of our citizens, who are entitled to vote in "frequent, certain and regular elections." Virginia citizens have the right of assembly, and the right to a free trial. They have the right to own property and to freely exercise their religions. Children are provided a public education.
Our citizens enjoy a stable economy with job opportunities, bountiful natural resources, historic and cultural attractions, and recreational opportunities. In exchange for these rights and privileges, Virginia's citizens are expected to obey laws made for the public good, to pay their fair share of taxes and to help others in the community. These principles are the foundations of good citizenship.
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