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Why did Ohio and New Jersey take so long to ratify the 14th Amendment of the Constitution?

Why did Ohio and New Jersey take so long to ratify the 14th Amendment of the Constitution? I read they didn’t ratify it until 2003. Did that mean they did not acknowledge it until then?

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3 Responses to “Why did Ohio and New Jersey take so long to ratify the 14th Amendment of the Constitution?”

  1. Lord Snark said:

    At that point it was merely a formality. Somebody was probably looking through the records and realized, hey, we forgot to take care of this. It didn’t matter at the time because enough other states ratified it and they probably went home.

  2. rickinnocal said:

    The Ohio and New Jersey State legislatures were not in session when the 14th was sent to the States for ratification. By the time the legislatures came back in session (In those days “most” State legislatures met only once a year for a few weeks) more than the required 2/3 of States had already ratified it, so it was already law, and to have ratified it themselves would have been pointless.

    Richard

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