Rocking the Vote

By Andy Seamans

By Dawn Seamans-Shook

November 8, 2014 2 min read

This week, The Answer Man looks at voting in the United States.

1. Which amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads in part, "The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves"?

2. What does the term "midterm penalty" refer to?

3. Voter ID laws may require a voter to show government-issued photo identification at a polling place. How many states have such laws?

4. Which amendment to the U.S. Constitution prevents any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex?

5. The 17th Amendment established direct election of United States senators by popular vote. How had senators been elected prior to the ratification of this amendment?


1. The 12th Amendment.

2. Midterm penalty is a term that suggests that the president's party can only gain seats in a midterm election under the most extraordinary of conditions.

3. Currently, 17 states require photo ID, and 19 states have non-photo identification requirements.

4. The 19th Amendment.

5. Under the original Article 1, Section 3, two senators would be chosen by the legislature of each state.

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