The Constitution Pt. 3

I will be out of communication for a few days. A well deserved vacation, my first in about twenty years, so I thought I would give you something with meat to chew on. So here it is Article 1, Section 2. (The capitalization in these documants is from the original. I have not altered the text in any way.)

The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

[Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. (Changed by Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment.)] The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every susequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantation one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.

The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

That’s it for Section 2. Basically what we have here is the House of Representatives. It says that the people shall elect their Representatives every two years and the Representatives shall be 25 years old, a naturalized citizen for seven years, live in the State they represent, and have the qualifications for the State Legislature of that State. It then goes on to list how many representatives each State should have according to the one to thirty thousand ratio they established. So if you’re a Representative you should be representing thirty thousand people.

Advertisements

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: