Republic

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Republic

A polity governed by elected officials. In a republic, the citizens elect representatives who vote on issues of governance. Often, republics are called democracies, in which citizens themselves vote on issues of governance, but the two terms are not identical.
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And it should serve as a reminder that when faced with questionable precedents, such as the notion that the Republican Form of Government Clause is nonjusticiable, it is usually better to rethink the precedents than to contrive a way to evade them.
1 (1849), the Court also seemed to reason that the text of the Republican Form of Government Clause vests enforcement power in Congress, but that is a dubious reading.
The lawyers in Baker did not rely on the Republican Form of Government Clause, presumably because of the justiciability problem.
Congress must demonstrate that the restriction based on subject matter would indeed serve the purpose intended by the republican form of government provision.
The United States is obligated under the Guarantee Clause to enforce the guarantee of the republican form of government in the states.

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