Amendment Process - dunncivics.weebly.com

Amendment Process - dunncivics.weebly.com

Amendment Process Formal Amendments Formal Amendment Change or addition that becomes part of the written language of the Constitution

itself through one of four methods set forth in the Constitution Formal Amendments First Method an amendment may be proposed by a two-thirds vote in each house of Congress and be ratified by

three-fourths of the State Legislators 26 of the 27 Amendments were adopted in this manner Formal Amendments Second Method an amendment may be proposed by Congress and then ratified

by conventions, called for that purpose, in three-fourths of the States Only the 21st Amendment was adopted in this way Formal Amendments Third Method an amendment may be

proposed by a national convention, called by Congress at the request of two thirds of the State legislatures. It must then be ratified by three-fourths of the State Legislatures Formal Amendments

Fourth Method an amendment may be proposed by a national convention and ratified by conventions in three-fourths of the States The Constitution was passed in much the same manner

Informal Amendments Informal Amendment a change made in the Constitution not by actual written amendment, but by the experience of government Informal Amendments

Informal Amendments are changes made in one of five ways The passage of laws by Congress Actions taken by the President Supreme Court decisions Activities of Political Parties Customs

Reference pages 79 82 for examples

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