Originally Proposed First Amendment
Keith Broaders Online Professor

Originally Proposed First Amendment

After the first enumeration required by the first article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty thousand, until the number shall amount to one hundred, after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall be not less than one hundred Representatives, nor less than one Representative for every forty thousand persons, until the number of Representatives shall amount to two hundred, after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall not be less than two hundred Representatives, nor more than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons.[5]

In order for all of the people to be equally represented in the Congress, all of the Congressional District must be the same size. The originally proposed First Amendment limited that Congressional District could not exceed 50,000.

This amendment was proposed to the states on September 25, 1789 when there was only 11 had ratified the Constitution. Rhode Island and North Carolina were not yet officially states and were not eligible to vote for or against its ratification.

It is generally believed that for the amendment to be ratified it need the approval three-fourths of 13 states. In reality only three-fourths of the 11 states was required for it to be ratified. The number of states required for ratification was 9.

Here is the proof that this amendment is two votes short of being lawfully ratified.

  1. New Jersey: November 20, 1789
  2. Maryland: December 19, 1789
  3. South Carolina: January 19, 1790
  4. New Hampshire: January 25, 1790
  5. New York: February 24, 1790
  6. Pennsylvania: September 21, 1791 (after rejecting it on March 10, 1790)
  7. Virginia: November 3, 1791

The amendment is still pending and if any two more states to ratify the amendment then and if any two of the following the states of Connecticut ,Delaware ,Georgia  and Massachusetts,  decided to ratify the proposed amendment tomorrow,  it would become the 28th Amendment.

All of the states that have been added to the Union after September 25, 1789 do not have a right to vote for or against the ratification or the originally proposed First Amendment.

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