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Learn the U.S. Constitution – Day 21 

 November 28, 2020

By  Oak Norton

U.S. Constitution Class

Day 21: U.S. Constitution

Amendments to the Constitution

AMENDMENT XXIII

Passed by Congress June 16, 1960. Ratified March 29, 1961.

Section 1.
The District constituting the seat of Government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as Congress may direct:

A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.

Section 2.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

AMENDMENT XXIV

Passed by Congress August 27, 1962. Ratified January 23, 1964.

Section 1.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax.

Section 2.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

Questions:

1) Huh? What’s the 23rd amendment talking about?

2) What’s a poll tax?

Answers:

1) This amendment allows residents of Washington D.C., the seat of our government, to vote in presidential elections as if it were a state, but without being recognized as a state. It gets a number of senators and representatives equal to the least state (2 senators and 1 representative), and that total of 3 electoral college votes count in a presidential election for the residents of D.C.

2) This was a tax you paid when you went to vote to help cover the costs of the polling/voting. Some people couldn’t afford to pay it so they didn’t vote. This amendment removed that burden from them.

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Oak Norton


Father of 5 children, husband to 1 amazingly patient woman, entrepreneur, and education advocate.

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