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Amending our national charter

John Kowal

We have amended our Constitution 27 times in 230 years. Taken together, these amendments have expanded democracy, safeguarded rights and improved governance – incrementally making an imperfect Constitution better.

Today, many people think the amendment process is too hard or too risky. That leaves us stuck with a national charter that fails us in important ways.

We need to update our Constitution for the 21st century. Let’s start with abolishing the Electoral College, guaranteeing the right to vote, empowering Congress to regulate money in politics, limiting Supreme Court justices to 18-year terms and – finally – ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

John Kowal, Vice President for Programs, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

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