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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
    a constitutional convention

    Results Votes For Votes Against
    1802 Constitution
    10-12-1819 Failed 6,987 29,315
    10-9-1849 Passed 145,698 51,167
    1851 Constitution
    10-10- 1871 Passed 267,618 104,231
    11-3-1891 Failed 99,789 161,722
    11-8-1910 Passed 693,263 67,718
    11-8-1932 Failed 853,619 1,056,855
    11-4-1952 Failed

    1,020,235

    1,977,313
    11-7-1972 Failed 1,291,267 2,142,534
    11-3-1992 Failed 1,672,373 2,660,270
    11-6-2012 Failed 1,523,239 3,248,142
        

      2012 Call for an Ohio Constitutional Convention - Articles

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