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Laws governing ballot measures in Virginia

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Citizens of Virginia have access to only one of the six generally accepted forms of direct democracy: They can accept or reject a new constitutional amendment if their state legislature wants the new change. Their state legislature is required by law to get voter approval of constitutional amendments.

Provisions for amending the Virginia Constitution are laid out in Article XII of the constitution.

Any amendment to the Constitution must first be passed by a majority in each of the two houses of the legislative houses. The proposed amendment must then be held over for consideration by the succeeding elected legislature, where it must again be passed by a majority in each house. The amendment then goes on the general ballot and becomes enacted into the Constitution if approved by a majority of the voters.

Alternately, a two-thirds majority of both Virginia houses may call for the creation of a constitutional convention. Any revisions or amendments proposed by the constitutional convention are presented to the citizens of Virginia and become law upon approval by a majority of voters.

Statutes relevant to ballot measures


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