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Is the following true or false? In order to amend the Articles of Confederation, it required Nine State votes in Congress and Unanimous votes among the State Legislatures?

Asked by Lynden, Last updated: Sep 14, 2020

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W. Pratt

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W. Pratt
W. Pratt, Marketing Analyst, MBA, Lincoln

Answered Dec 26, 2018

That’s going a ways back for me. However, after refreshing my memory on this topic, I can tell you that this is false. All thirteen states had to be behind whatever amendment was being offered, and since that’s really all that could be done at the time, there was no provision for something in Congress if there weren’t enough votes.

I mean, think about it, this is the fledgling USA that doesn’t want to repeat the disaster that brought the revolutionary war around. They haven’t quite figured out a system to give a good balance between state and federal power yet.

Thankfully, they did solve this problem. It’s somewhat easier to amend the constitution, but it’s not much easier, as it requires three-quarters of the states and a couple of other things to be behind the amendment.

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John Smith

John Smith

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Answered Sep 09, 2016

False-unanimous consent among the state legislatures was required for ratification of an amendment, but no requirement was described of nine states in congress in the articles of confederation in article ix. article xiii (amending the articles) states only: also included in the last article is the means to amend the articles of confederation. in order for the articles to be altered, the alteration must be agreed to by the congress, and ratified by each legislature in the union. a simple majority would constitute consent of congress without the specific requirement of nine states elsewhere included in the articles.
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