Fast Facts on the Constitution

  • The Constitution was designed to evolve and change over time -- through the amendment process. (Source: National Archives, Constitutional Amendment Process

  • Article V of the Constitution stipulates that an amendment is proposed and passed by Congress with a two-thirds vote or by a Constitutional Convention. Called by two-thirds of the state. Then the amendment must be ratified by three-fourths of the states. (Source: National Archives, Constitutional Amendment Process

  • Between 1791 and 1971, the Constitution was amended 27 times—or about once every seven years. Between 1971 and 2018, the Constitution has been amended only once. (Source: National Archives, Constitutional Amendment Process

  • According to a 2017 Marist Poll survey, 80% of Americans said it was an “immediate priority” or an “important” one to nominate a Supreme Court justice who would apply the Constitution as originally written. (Source: The Washington Times)



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