16th Amendment (1913)

16th Amendment (1913)

Under Art. I § 9 of the Constitution, direct taxation of individuals was prohibited except in proportion to the census.  On February 3, 1916, the Sixteenth Amendment was ratified to impose an income tax, without regard to the population of any state.  The Constitution...

27th Amendment

The 27th–and latest–Amendment was ratified on May 7, 1992.  The amendment was first proposed in 1789 as part of the Bill of Rights, but initially ratified by only six states.  It provides that no law that changes the compensation of Representatives or...

Where in the World Is the Electoral College?

The electoral college is not a place, but a Constitutional process. Under Article II of the Constitution, each state appoints electors equal to the number of votes the state has for representatives and senators.  Each state determines its own method for the selection....

27th Amendment Ratified May 7, 1992

The 27th Amendment requires that no change in compensation for a Representative or a Senator “shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.” The amendment was originally proposed in 1789 by James Madison, as part of his...

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