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Arti­cle. V.

The Con­gress, when­ever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it nec­es­sary, shall pro­pose Amend­ments to this Con­sti­tu­tion, or, on the Appli­ca­tion of the Leg­is­la­tures of two thirds of the sev­eral States, shall call a Con­ven­tion for propos­ing Amend­ments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Pur­poses, as Part of this Con­sti­tu­tion, when rat­i­fied by the Leg­is­la­tures of three fourths of the sev­eral States, or by Con­ven­tions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Rat­i­fi­ca­tion may be pro­posed by the Con­gress; Pro­vided that no Amend­ment which may be made prior to the Year One thou­sand eight hun­dred and eight shall in any Man­ner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Sec­tion of the first Arti­cle; and that no State, with­out its Con­sent, shall be deprived of its equal Suf­frage in the Sen­ate [Pos­si­bly abro­gated by Amend­ment XVII].

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