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The Supreme Court's use of judicial review results in changing applications of the Constitution that is sometimes referred to as the "informal amendment process." The term is misleading, however, because the only real way to change the Constitution is the formal procedure involving Congress and the States, as described in Article V. "Informal amendment" isn't amendment at all, it just represents changes to our understanding of the Constitution as expressed through case law in the American common law system.

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As true as all this is below me, after the five basic ways,(There are also four methods to add an amendment) the constitution can be informally changed.

Informal amendment is the process by which over time many changes have been made in the Constitution which have not involved any changes in its written words.

There is much in the constitution that cannot be seen with the naked eye. The informal amendments are the result of the day-to-day, year-to-year experiences of government under the Constitution.

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There are five basic ways.

  1. The passage of basic legislation by Congress
  2. Actions taken by the President
  3. Key decisions of the Supreme Court
  4. The activities of political ties; and
  5. Custom

There is no way to informally change the Constitution of the United States. Changes are made only by amendment, and amending the Constitution requires two-thirds of the states to support the amendment.

There are, however, methods whereby the current interpretation of Constitutional law is changed. These changes are made when the US Supreme Court is asked to decide the meaning and application of a particular part of the Constitution.

The Supreme Court decides the meaning of the portion in question and that decision provides direction to the rest of the courts on how to interpret that portion.

When the decision by the USSC does not meet the needs or desires of the general population, the Constitution is changed through amendment.

You can follow this process clearly by examining the difficulties that slaves and their descendants had in gaining Constitutional rights.

In Dred Scott v Sanford the Court reasonably held that the framers of the Constitution did not intend for the Constitution to apply to slaves. This is apparent because even though the preamble states that "All Men Are Created Equal", neither slaves nor women had the rights of men.

Because the people believed that former slaves and their descendants should have all the rights and protections allowed to others, the 14th Amendment was drafted and passed. That amendment requires the states to insure equal protection under the law for all persons in the state.

Other USSC decisions clarify the meaning of the Constituton without any change to the actual wording. One example is the issue of abortion.

Currently abortion is allowed because of Roe v. Wade and was decided largely on privacy issues and the requirement for due process. Because of Roe v. Wade, abortion on demand is protected by the current interpretation of the Constitution.

This is different because there has been no Amendment to clearly and directly allow abortion added to the US Constitution. Since the question of abortion is not addressed directly there is always a chance that a different decision on different grounds (maybe the right to life for a not-yet-viable fetus) that would prevent or limit abortion.

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Informal changes, or the "Informal Amendment Process" refers to differences in the interpretation or application of the Constitution over time. These changes most often occur as the result of judicial decisions, usually by the US Supreme Court or by Congressional legislation not struck down as unconstitutional. It is important to note that informal changes don't actually alter the Constitution, just the way the formal articles and amendments are used and understood for an indefinite, but temporary period of time.

The Constitution, as a document, can't be changed informally, only by the processes described in Article V, which requires any proposed amendment pass a two-thirds vote of both Houses of Congress followed by ratification by three-fourths of the states (or by Constitutional Convention, which hasn't been used since 1787).

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An "Informal Change" or "Informal Amendment" to the Constitution is one where the interpretation of the Constitution is changed by a Supreme Court ruling, rather than by a formal constitutional amendment.

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1. Society, judges, and lawmakers interpret the Constitution differently over time

2. Judicial review. The Supreme Court reinterprets parts of the Constitution to change its meaning.

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The changes occur through laws, court decisions, and customs.

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Presidential Edict

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