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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton
Citation:514 U.S. 779 (1995)
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A the general election in 1992, the voters of Arkansas adopted Amendment 73 to their State Constitution. Section 3 of the Amendment, the provision at issue in these cases, applies to the Arkansas Congressional Delegation. The amendment limited terms of elected officials within the Arkansas state government and any person who served two or more terms as a member of the Senate from Arkansas would be ineligible for re-election as a U.S Senator from Arkansas. The constitutionality of the amendment depends critically on the resolution of two distinct issues. The first is whether the Constitution forbids States from adding to or altering the qualifications specifically enumerated in the Constitution. The second is, if the Constitution does so forbid, whether the fact that the amendment is formulated as a ballot access restriction rather than as an outright disqualification is of constitutional significance. The amendment applies to all persons seeking election after 1993. In 1992, respondent Bobbie Hill, on behalf of herself, similarly situated Arkansas citizens, residents, taxpayers and registered voters, and the League of Women Voters of Arkansas, filed a complaint in the Circuit Court in Arkansas, alleging that the amendment is unconstitutional and void.
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