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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This puts the judiciary in the same role as the other political branches, which is antithetical to the judiciary's role as independent arbiter among the branches as contemplated by the republican form of government organized under the Constitution.
While this observation does not reflect overt corruption, it undermines the judiciary's traditional and expected role as a check in the republican form of government.
71) Professor Amar, on the other hand, interprets the Clause as providing no more than an assurance of popular sovereignty in the states, (72) thereby upholding state initiative lawmaking power as consistent with the republican form of government.
The Constitution therefore contains a positive grant of power to Congress to restrict state practices that are inconsistent with the republican form of government.
As of the early 1960s, however, Supreme Court precedent held that constitutional challenges based on the Republican Form of Government Clause present nonjusticiable "political questions.

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