Thursday, August 12, 2010

US Constitution Series: Article I, Section 4

Article I. LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

§ 4. Elections

The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.
Wouldn't it be nice if Congress would assemble only once each year?

I have never looked into the history of it, but I wonder why all the elections in all the states are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November? Since the newly elected Congressfolk begin their terms in January, December seems like a long time to wait to get to work. We should remember that being a Congress-critter was supposed to be a part-time job. We would all be better off it that remained true.

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