The point of nine was to get thirteen article vii may declare that the constitution of the united states was the law of the land when ratified by nine states but both the framers and text clearly anticipated a union of all thirteen states. checks and balances limited government flexibility ie elastic clause amendment process living constitution all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a congress of the united states which shall consist of a senate and house of representatives article vii ratification of the onstitution 5 practice 1 . This united states form of separation of powers is associated with a system of checks and balances during the age of enlightenment philosophers such as montesquieu advocated the principle in their writings whereas others such as thomas hobbes strongly opposed it. Text of section 1 qualifications of elector every citizen of the united states who has attained the age of eighteen years has resided in this state for such time as may be prescribed by law and has been duly registered as a voter if required by law shall be qualified to vote at all elections
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