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The founding fathers did not want the whim of the moment to dictate a change that might seem the logical thing to do at any one particular time and therefore be a change that might beregretted at a future date. (example: Banning of Alcohol) It is the same reason why a member of the House of Representatives has a two year term and a Senator has a six year term. A House Representative must be immediately responsive to the electorate in order to win reelection, while a Senator has time to see how a situation plays out before enacting legislation.

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What are two ways to ratify an amendment to the constitution?

An amendment is an addition, deletion of modification of the contents of the U.S. Constitution. It can be ratified through a majority vote of two-thirds in both legislature houses, and by a constitutional convention.


How can the United States Constitution be changed?

Assuming this question is about the US constitution: The constitution can only be amended, existing text cannot be modified or deleted. However, amendments can invalidate previous parts (for instance, the 21st amendment repealed the 18th amendment). There are two ways to start an amendment: One is for both houses of the US Congress must pass the amendment with a two-thirds majority. The second is for two-thirds of the states to vote to convene a constitutional convention which will draft the amendment (the latter method has never been used successfully). After either of those occur, three-fourths of the states must vote to ratify the amendment. This can either be done by votes in the state legislatures, or be requiring that each state convene a special convention to ratify the amendment (the latter method has only been successfully used to ratify the 21st amendment).


What portion of the members of congress must vote in favor of proposing a constitutional amendment?

two-thirds.


What portion of the state must approve a constitutional amendment in order to ratify it?

Article V of the US Constitution states that by a vote of two thirds of both houses of Congress an amendment may be proposed to the states for ratification.


An amendment to the constitution can be proposed by?

congress or a national convention two-thirds vote of congress

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What two ways can amendments be ratify?

One way an Amendment can be ratified is with a two-thirds vote from state legislatures. The second way is to have two-thirds vote from attendees at the National Convention at the request of the states.


What are two ways to ratify an amendment to the constitution?

An amendment is an addition, deletion of modification of the contents of the U.S. Constitution. It can be ratified through a majority vote of two-thirds in both legislature houses, and by a constitutional convention.


All treaties must be approved by a two thirds vote to?

Ratify the treaty


What take a vote by Congress to approve an amendment to the US Constitution?

The United States Constitution may have an amendment added through two different avenues. The first avenue, the better known avenue, is to introduce the proposed amendment to the houses of Congress where it needs to pass a vote with a two-thirds majority vote. The second avenue to add an amendment is through a special Constitutional Convention that is called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures.


How are constitution and ratify alike?

Ratify is what is necessary to change or make a new amendment to the constitution. If 2/3rds of the states vote to accept the amendment, the amendment passes and is changed or added to the constitutional amendments.


What percentage of the Congress and of the state conventions is needed to ratify and amend the Constitution of the US?

The Amendment process is the formal way to change the Constitution. An amendment may be proposed by two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress or by a convention called by Congress at the request of two-thirds of the state legislatures. Ratification of an amendment takes three-fourths of the states to approve.


How can a amendment in the constitution be proposed?

Amendments are changes in, or additions to, the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution provides two ways to amend the document: Proposed by a two-thirds vote of both Houses of Congress or by a convention called by Congress at the request of two-thirds of the states. An amendment, in order to become part of the Constitution, must be ratified by three-fourths of the states.


How can the state constitution be changed?

Assuming this question is about the US Constitution: The constitution can only be amended, existing text cannot be modified or deleted. However, amendments can invalidate previous parts (for instance, the 21st amendment repealed the 18th amendment). There are two ways to start an amendment: One is for both houses of the US Congress must pass the amendment with a two-thirds majority. The second is for two-thirds of the states to vote to convene a constitutional convention which will draft the amendment (the latter method has never been used successfully). After either of those occur, three-fourths of the states must vote to ratify the amendment. This can either be done by votes in the state legislatures, or be requiring that each state convene a special convention to ratify the amendment (the latter method has only been successfully used to ratify the 21st amendment).


How can the United States Constitution be changed?

Assuming this question is about the US constitution: The constitution can only be amended, existing text cannot be modified or deleted. However, amendments can invalidate previous parts (for instance, the 21st amendment repealed the 18th amendment). There are two ways to start an amendment: One is for both houses of the US Congress must pass the amendment with a two-thirds majority. The second is for two-thirds of the states to vote to convene a constitutional convention which will draft the amendment (the latter method has never been used successfully). After either of those occur, three-fourths of the states must vote to ratify the amendment. This can either be done by votes in the state legislatures, or be requiring that each state convene a special convention to ratify the amendment (the latter method has only been successfully used to ratify the 21st amendment).


What is the what is the process for amending the Constitution?

There are two ways to propose and ratify amendments to the Constitution. To propose amendments two thirds of both houses of congress can vote to propose an amendment, and two thirds of the state legislatures can ask congress to call a national convention to propose amendments.


An amendment to the Constitution must be ratified by .?

a two thirds vote of congress


What portion of the members of congress must vote in favor of proposing a constitutional amendment?

two-thirds.