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Rhode Island Constitutional Convention Question (2014)

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Constitutional Convention Question
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Type:Automatic ballot referral
Constitution:Rhode Island Constitution
Topic:Constitutional convention
Status:On the ballot
A Rhode Island Constitutional Convention Question is on the November 4, 2014 election ballot in Rhode Island as an automatic ballot referral.[1]

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See also: Automatic ballot referrals in Rhode Island

Every 10 years, a constitutional convention question is automatically referred to the statewide ballot in Rhode Island. The last constitutional convention question appeared on the ballot in 2004. Rhode Island has a unique provision about elections on the constitutional convention question. It is, "Prior to a vote by the qualified electors on the holding of a convention, the general assembly, or the governor if the general assembly fails to act, shall provide for a bi-partisan preparatory commission to assemble information on constitutional questions for the electors." This means that before the vote is held, a preparatory commission must be created to do some groundwork for a convention, if the state's voters choose to hold one.

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