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How can the U.S. punish a state which denies the right of citizens to vote?

How can the U.S. punish a state which denies the right of citizens to vote?

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A. Fining it
B. Kicking it out of the union
C. Reducing the number of its Representatives
D. Reducing the number of its Senators

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Constitutional Pop Quiz #9
Asked by Kamryn, Last updated: Jul 10, 2020

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Robert Hazlewood

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Robert Hazlewood, Senior Executive, MBA, Louisville

Answered Dec 18, 2018

There are certain laws and rules that pertain todifferent levels. There are federal, state and local laws. This means that the federal government, state government, and local government has the rights to enforce and change the laws as they deem fit.

However, everyone must follow all of the government laws, but only the federal government can change the federal laws through a process. If the state government refuses to follow the federal laws that they must enforce, then they can be punished.

One way to punish that state would be to reduce the number of its representatives. In the House of Representatives, there is a different amount based on population that can represent the state in the federal government.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 08, 2016

Reducing the number of its representatives-this part of the constitution was passed after the civil war during the reconstruction period of american history. its main intent was to protect the right to vote for the free african american slaves. it is found in section 2 of the fourteenth amendment to the constitution: but when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for president and vice-president of the united states, representatives in congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such state, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the united states, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such state.
 

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