Iowa Constitutional Convention Question, Measure 2 (2010)
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- 1 Election results
- 2 Text of measure
- 3 Support
- 4 Opposition
- 5 Other perspectives
- 6 Media Endorsements
- 7 Path to the ballot
- 8 Similar measures
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
- See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
Official results of the measure follow:
|Measure 2 (Con Con)|
Results via the Iowa Secretary of State.
Text of measure
- "Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution, and propose amendment or amendments to same?"
- The main campaign for the measure was Call the Convention. President Nathan Tucker stated, "There are a number of amendments that need to be passed and the Legislature has shown an unwillingness to do it. A convention is needed to bypass the Legislature and get the matter into our own hands."
- The Iowa Catholic Conference was in support of the measure, stating that they wanted to discuss the issue of gay marriage. Group spokesman Tom Chapman stated, "The main reason is we really haven’t been able to have a debate on the marriage issue at the legislature. I think the idea would be is that this issue would hit the floor at the legislature, let’s have a vigorous debate about what’s the direction we should go on marriage and kind of go from there but, simply, that hasn’t happened, so we look at the constitutional convention as a way to have that discussion.”
Stan Walk, who was a 10-year Mitchell County supervisor, stated in an editorial published by The Global Gazette, that there were three reasons why voters should vote 'yes' to the constitutional convention. Those three reasons were as follows:
- "Iowa needs tort reform."
- "Iowa needs a constitutional amendment for a balanced budget."
- "Lobbyists. Big money interests are able to buy their favorable legislation."
An expansion of those reasons can be found here.
- Trudy Caviness, Wapello County Republicans’ Chairperson, stated reasons about what good could come out of a constitutional convention, stating, “First of all, if there's ideas and things that people want to do to add to the convention, it would be done reasonably quickly compared to what it is [without the convention referendum], and I understand some of the people want to bring up something like ‘we could amend our constitution similar to California with a referendum.’ That is one thing some of the people that are advocating for a constitutional convention would like to see happen.”
- According to Dean Close, who wrote a column in the Vinton Today, voters would benefit from voting yes on the measure come November. Close stated, "I am going to vote “Yes” on the Constitutional Convention question, and here’s why: A Constitutional Convention would at least make more Iowans more aware of what is actually in the Iowa Constitution. This includes all the Iowans who would participate in the Constitutional Convention process."
- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stated, "My position is I’m also opposed to a constitutional convention. I just don’t think we need one.”
The following arguments were made against the measure:
- Controversy surrounding the same-sex marriage issue put the constitutional convention under the limelight. In 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage should be legalized in the state. This caused conservatives in Iowa to campaign for the constitutional convention, which they thought could have been a way to reverse the ruling.
- However many Republicans in the state argued against the measure, saying that if their Democratic counterparts gained control of the Iowa Legislature, they would set the terms of the constitutional convention.
- According to academics in the state, which were consulted by the publication Omaha World Herald, stated that the measure would not be successful come November, due to the unknown. According to Tim Hagle, associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa, "Voters, I think, are by and large leery of constitutional conventions because of the you-never-know-what-you’re-going-to-get aspect. People may be interested in one particular issue, but once the delegates get going, nobody knows what they are going to come up with.”
- The Des Moines Register stated that there was no need for a constitutional convention due to issues at the time that could have had negative impacts on the state. The publication wrote, "It's good that voters have regular a opportunity to call for a constitutional convention. But they should have a good reason for doing so. Limiting rights is not one of them."
- The Cedar Rapids Gazette posted an editorial stating their opposition to the convention. The publication stated, "In the past, the constitutional convention question has come as a surprise to most voters. Every time it’s come up — in 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000 — they’ve have had the good sense to vote “no.” That’s the right choice again this year."
Path to the ballot
The question appears on the Iowa ballot automatically every 10 years as per the state constitution. This can be found in Article X, Section 3 of the Iowa Constitution. The text of that section reads as follows:
- At the general election to be held in the year one thousand nine hundred and seventy, and in each tenth year thereafter, and also at such times as the general assembly may, by law, provide, the question, "Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution, and propose amendment or amendments to same?" shall be decided by the electors qualified to vote for members of the general assembly; and in case a majority of the electors so qualified, voting at such election, for and against such proposition, shall decide in favor of a convention for such purpose, the general assembly, at its next session, shall provide by law for the election of delegates to such convention, and for submitting the results of said convention to the people, in such manner and at such time as the general assembly shall provide; and if the people shall approve and ratify such amendment or amendments, by a majority of the electors qualified to vote for members of the general assembly, voting thereon, such amendment or amendments shall become a part of the constitution of this state. If two or more amendments shall be submitted at the same time, they shall be submitted in such a manner that electors may vote for or against each such amendment separately.
|Constitutional conventions on the ballot in 2010|
According to reports, the state of Iowa is one of 14 states that ask voters once in a decade or more whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. The other states that have this requirement in their constitutions are:
Every 10 years
Five states have a Constitutional Convention question on the statewide ballot every ten years:
Every 16 years
One state has a Constitutional Convention question on the statewide ballot every sixteen years:
Every 20 years
Eight states have a Constitutional Convention question on the statewide ballot every twenty years:
- Iowa Constitutional Convention Question (2000)
- Iowa 2010 ballot measures
- 2010 ballot measures
- Iowa State Senate
- Iowa House of Representatives
- Guide to the November 2, 2010 Iowa Statewide Ballot Questions, prepared by the Iowa Secretary of State
- Yes on Measure 2, campaign website
- Constitution Question On Tuesday's Ballot
- The Iowa Republican, "The Constitutional Convention Question", April 7, 2009
- Iowa General Assembly, "Iowa Constitution"
- Iowa Politics, "IowaPolitics.com: GOP leads charge for constitutional convention, but the effort lacks a groundswell", September 7, 2010
- Radio Iowa, "Iowa Catholic Conference calls for constitutional convention", September 20, 2010
- Global Gazette, "Constitutional convention needed to address three state problems (Guest View)", August 26, 2010
- Heartland Connection, "Constitutional Convention referendum on the ballot", October 25, 2010
- Vinton Iowa, "Opinion :: A vote for the question that raises countless more questions", October 27, 2010
- The Iowa Independent, "Iowa one of four states considering constitutional convention", May 3, 2010
- Omaha World Herald, "Catholics called on to vote ‘yes’", September 22, 2010
- Des Moines Register, "Wrong reason for constitutional convention", October 18, 2010
- The Cedar Rapids Gazette, "Be careful what you wish for", October 26, 2010
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