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You Will Need
- An amendment
- Two-thirds approval in both the U.S. House and Senate
- 3/4 of all 50 states in agreement
Get elected to Congress or to a state legislature. The U.S. Congress or the state legislatures must vote in order to propose a constitutional amendment.
Get through committee
Get the amendment through committee, otherwise known as the behind-the-scenes legislative wrangling that occurs before an amendment is ever presented to the full Congress.
Win a two-thirds majority
Win a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate in favor of your amendment.
Send it to the Archivist
From Congress, the amendment is sent to the National Archivist who, with help from the Federal Register, will print and send a copy of the legislation to all 50 governors. They, in turn, pass them on to the state legislatures for a vote.
Win a three-quarters majority
Win approval from three-quarters of the states, and you have successfully amended the U.S. Constitution.