President John F. Kennedy’s death on November 22, 1963 traumatized a nation and led a united Congress to make a key constitutional change, in the form of the 25th amendment.
This amendment clarifies the Constitution’s previously ambiguous language about presidential succession, explicitly confirming the long-standing custom that when a president dies in office the vice president becomes president, rather than acts as president.
The Supreme Court could announce some news cases and settle some old cases, and will hear arguments in five cases in what will be a busy last week of February.
The amendment was offered as a removal of another obstacle to the right to vote: the poll tax.
This amendment for the first time, effective with the 1964 election, gave District of Columbia residents the opportunity to vote for three presidential electors.