The Constitution Line by Line: Article I, Section 4

In this episode of The Constitution Line by Line, Senator Mike Lee tackles Article I, Section 4, the part of the Constitution that describes the process by which rules governing the election of senators and representatives are made. Senator Lee explains how it is the state legislatures, first and foremost, who get to decide the rules governing the election of senators and representatives, and illuminates us on why this section of the Constitution is important today.

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Matt Kibbe is the President and Chief Community Organizer of Free the People. He is a leading advocate for personal, civil and economic liberties. An economist by training, Kibbe is a public policy expert, bestselling author, and political commentator. He also known for his podcast, Kibbe on Liberty.

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  • The term limits were held to be restrictive of people running for congress, so not in line with the constitution and void.
    By the same logic, people running for congress which need to get petition signatures, should have a federally set number of signatures and time to get the signatures.
    Currently the signature requirement is between 1,000 and 40,000, and the time between two weeks and two years.
    I would like to see a standard for Representatives of 1,000 signatures and six months, also a Senate standard of 2,000 and six months.

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