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- 1 Features
- 2 Preamble
- 3 Article I
- 4 Article II
- 5 Article III
- 6 Article IV
- 7 Article V
- 8 Article VI
- 9 Article VII
- 10 Article VIII
- 11 Article IX
- 12 Article X
- 13 Article XI
- 14 Article XIII
- 15 Article XIV
- 16 Article XV
- 17 Article XVI
- 18 Article XVII
- 19 Schedule
- 20 Amending the constitution
- 21 History
- 22 See also
- 23 External links
- 24 Additional reading
- 25 References
- See also: History of direct democracy in Delaware
- See also: Preambles to state constitutions
The Preamble to the Delaware Constitution states:
Article I establishes the Bill of Rights of the citizens of Delaware.
Article II establishes the legislative department of government.
Article III establishes the executive department of government.
Article IV establishes the judicial department of government.
Article V details the election process and the qualifications for voting.
Article VI describes the impeachment process.
Article VII concerns pardons.
Article VIII deals with state revenue and the taxation process.
Article IX establishes the rights and limitations of corporations in the state.
Article X concerns education.
Article XI establishes a board of agriculture.
Article XIII is entitled Local Option.
Article XIV gives the form for the Oath of Office.
Article XV is entitled Miscellaneous.
Article XVI describes the process for amending the State Constitution.
Article XVII concerns continuity of governmental operations.
- A Schedule is also included to ease the transition from territory to state.
Amending the constitution
- See also: Amending state constitutions
Article XVI defines the paths by which the Delaware Constitution can be amended:
- The Delaware General Assembly can amend the constitution. Unlike in any other state, the state legislature can amend the constitution without a vote of the people. For the legislature to amend the constitution:
- Two-thirds of all the members elected to each chamber can vote in favor of a proposed amendment.
- The Delaware Secretary of State then must publish the proposed amendment(s) three months prior to the next general election in at least three newspapers in each county.
- The subsequent General Assembly then votes again on the proposed amendment(s) and if an amendment receives the two-thirds approval of all members of each chamber, it becomes part of the constitution.
- Through a constitutional convention.
- By a two-thirds vote of both chambers of the state legislature, the question, "Shall there be a Convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same?" can go on a statewide ballot. If a simple majority of those voting on the question vote "yes," then there will be a convention.
After the Declaration of Independence was created, the Delaware General Assembly met in the summer of 1776 and enacted legislation calling for a state constitutional convention with 10 delegates from each county. On August 27, 1776 the convention of delegates met in New Castle, Delaware and created the state's first constitution.
- State constitution
- Constitutional article
- Constitutional amendment
- Constitutional revision
- Constitutional convention
- Current Delaware Constitution
- Delaware Constitution of 1897
- Delaware Constitution of 1776
- Delaware Constitution of 1792
- Delaware Constitution of 1831
- Hoffecker, Carol E. (2004). Democracy in Delaware, Wilmington, Delaware: Cedar Tree Books
- Holland, Randy J.(2002). The Delaware State Constitution: A Reference Guide, Westport, Connecticut: Westport Press
- Martin, Roger A. (1984). A History of Delaware Through its Governors, Wilmington, Delaware: McClafferty Press
- Munroe, John A. (1993). History of Delaware, University of Delaware Press
- Scharf, John Thomas. (1888). History of Delaware 1609-1888, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: L. J. Richards & Co