Calls for Constitutional Conventions in Ohio
Every 20 years, voters are asked whether Ohio should hold a constitutional convention. See Ohio Constitution Art. 16, Sec. 3. If the voters decide to hold the convention, delegates are appointed who will draft the new constitution or amendments. See Ohio Constitution Art. 16, Sec. 2. Then, the voters must approve the new constitution or amendments. See Ohio Constitution Art. 16, Sec. 3. If at any time, 2/3 of the General Assembly feels a convention is necessary, they can put the issue before the voters. See Ohio Constitution Art. 16, Sec. 2.
For copies of debates and proceedings from Ohio's four constitutional conventions, see the Primary Sources tab of this guide.
For additional secondary sources discussing consitutional conventions, see the bibliography tab of this guide.
Secondary Sources re. on Proposals for Constitutional Conventions
For more secondary sources, see the Bibliography tab of this guide.
Table of Votes on Holding Ohio Constitutional Conventions Under the 1802 and 1851 Constitutions
(Appendix A from The Ohio State Constitution, A Reference Guide, Steven H. Steinglass & Gino J. Scarselli , KFO401 1851 .A6 S74 2004 )
Under Article XVI, section 3, of the 1851 Constitution, the question of whether to hold a constitutional convention is presented to the voters every 20 years. Due to strong public support, the General Assembly submitted the question to the voters one year earlier in 1910. The Table below lists the votes on whether to hold a constitutional convention and includes the pre-1851 rejection of a call for a constitutional convention in 1819 and the approval of one in 1849.
Date of Election
*links are to the proposal to hold
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