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Maryland Constitution one of the longest in the country

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July 12, 2010

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland: With the Maryland Constitution Convention Question slated to appear on the next general election ballot, voters in the state have plenty to think about. The question, which will ask voters whether they want a constitutional convention to be held to consider amendments, appears on the ballot every twenty years. According to reports, the Maryland Constitution is one of the longest constitutions in the nation, with the document containing about 47,000 words.

Details of the state constitution follow:

  • Ratified by the people of the state on September 18, 1867, replacing the short-lived Constitution of 1864.
  • The state's current constitution is the fourth constitution under which the state has been governed.
  • Last amended in 2006.
  • The Maryland Constitution is much longer than the average length of a state constitution in the United States, which is about 26,000 words (the United States Constitution is about 8,700 words long).

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