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U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v Thornton 514 U.S. 779 (1995) 5-4 Facts: In 1992 Arkansas voters approved an amendment to the state constitution, prohibiting anyone who had previously served two terms in the Senate or three terms in the House of Representatives to run again. Representative Ray Thornton filed suit asking a state court to declare to declare the amendment unconstitutional. They claimed the Constitution establishes the sole qualifications for federal officeholders and the states may not alter them. The lower court struck down the amendment as unconstitutional and in 1994 the state Supreme Court affirmed. The amendment proponents then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rule: Article 1, Section 4: The Times, Places, and Manner of holding

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