The Constitution in 2014: election rules

In this fifth and final article in a series, Lyle Denniston explores the constitutional issues that will influence the conduct of federal elections in 2014. Earlier articles in this series covered the war on terrorism, abortion, health care and same-sex marriage.

The Constitution: The First Amendment

The First Amendment might be the best known part of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution that were ratified in 1791. James Madison championed the Bill of Rights in 1789 and the amendment we now know as the First Amendment was actually the third amendment presented to the states for ratification. Since then, the First Amendment has been the subject of many court cases.