Constitution of the United States of America: Amendment XXIII

Ratified: March 29, 1961

This post is the latest of a series in which we share the verbatim text of the U.S. Code, a codification of all acts of the United States Congress. The Code starts with America’s “organic laws,” which provide the foundation for the government of the United States of America. The fourth of these documents is the Constitution itself, which has 4 parts: the Preamble, 7 Articles, the ratified amendments, and the proposed amendments.


ARTICLES IN ADDITION TO, AND AMENDMENT OF, THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PROPOSED BY CONGRESS, AND RATIFIED BY THE LEGISLATURES OF THE SEVERAL STATES, PURSUANT TO THE FIFTH ARTICLE OF THE ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION


ARTICLE XXIII

SECTION 1. The District constituting the seat of Government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct:

A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.

SECTION 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.