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Constitutional FAQ Answer #157

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Q157. “Is it necessary for new states to ratify
the US Constitution in order for admission?”

A. When a state applies for admission, it is presumed that the very act of
application signals agreement with the Constitution in its current form. There
is no need for the state to specifically ratify it. It is conceivable that a
state might, as one of its first acts, pass a resolution explicitly stating
that it ratifies the Constitution or some other such language. This, however,
would have no effect on the Constitution itself.

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