Maryland constitutional convention question shows historical 50-50 statistics

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June 7, 2010

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland: This November, voters in Maryland will decide whether or not to have a constitutional convention. The ballot measure will allow the state's voters to say whether they want a constitutional convention to be held to consider amendments to the Maryland Constitution. The measure was signed to the ballot by the Governor of Maryland on April 13, 2010.[1]

Section 2 of Article 14 of the Maryland Constitution requires the Maryland General Assembly to refer this question to a statewide ballot every twenty years. However, as statistics show, the measure was has been approved by voters fifty percent of the time. Maryland voters said "no" to the idea of calling a constitutional convention in 1990 and 1970. In 1930 and 1950, voters said "yes," but Maryland's state legislators declined to call the requested convention on the assertion that the vote required a double majority to pass, not just a simple majority.[2][3]

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