Constitutional Amendment 23

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Citizens of District of Columbia Granted Right to Vote in Presidential Elections.

(The following proposed amendment was approved by the Eighty-seventh Congress on March 29, 1961, when it was ratified by 34 of the 50 States. The amendment was approved 286 days after its submission to the States.)

Section 1

The District constituting the seat of Government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct:

A number of electors of President and Vice-President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice-President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of the amendment.

Section 2

The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

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