The Four Methods of Amending the United States Constitution
What can we do to update the Constitution to address these new issues? Well, the Framers thought of a solution: citizens could add changes to the Constitution.
It is easy to say that the Constitution can be changed by the people in any way the people wish. Actually making the change is another story altogether. Suffice it to say, for now, that the notion of popular amendment makes perfect sense in the constitutional framework, even though the details of effecting popular amendment could be impossible to resolve.
Const. Art. V, § 1).
Any addition is treated as extra language, added onto the end of the Constitution, and is known as a constitutional amendment. Surprisingly, we have only 27 constitutional amendments.
Patterson, T. E. (2009). The American democracy. New York: McGraw-Hill.
U.S. Const. amend XV “Right to vote”. (repealed1870).
U.S. Const. art. V, § 1 (repealed 1787).