Could a Constitutional Convention take away citizens’ rights?


No. The delegates must vote publicly for any question, and only voters can approve any amendment to the Constitution. History shows that 2/3 of state voters rejected the 1986 Question 14 that would have severely restricted abortions. Voters approved Question 10, which appeared to liberalize voting by allowing felons who had previously needed an act of the legislature to vote again. It restored the vote after probation and parole, but longer probation and parole imposed by judges had the effect of disenfranchising many. Advocates persuaded the General Assembly to place Question 2 on the 2006 ballot to restore the vote upon an inmate’s release from prison. Voters approved. In any event, no change proposed by the convention or approved by voters could diminish any rights that the U.S. Constitution protects.