Missouri Constitutional Convention Question: Voters will decide whether to support a state constitutional convention

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  • Missouri's Constitutional Convention Question asks voters whether they want a state constitutional convention.

  • Supporters argue the convention would allow for adjustments to the state constitution.

  • An opponent argues the effort is ill-timed, citing political divisions throughout the state and nation.

A "yes" on the Missouri Constitutional Convention Question would establish a state constitutional convention.


Ballot measure details

The question is an automatic ballot referral, which means it reappears on Missouri's ballot every 20 years. In 2002, 65.45% of voters rejected the amendment and 34.55% supported it.

Support and opposition

Say Yes to Democracy is leading the campaign in support of the measure. Supporters argue the convention would allow for the removal or adjustment of many new amendments in the constitution.

"In the last 20 years, there has been a lot of stuff added to the constitution that shouldn't be there," Bob Priddy, former news director for Missourinet and former president of the State Historical Society Board of Trustees, said, according to the Missouri Independent.

There is not an organized campaign against the measure, according to Ballotpedia.

But Ken Winn, former state archivist, argued that the timing for the convention would be off.

"A constitutional convention right in the middle of a culture war would bring out ideologues of all stripes, and you would have the fiercest political strife. Everybody with an agenda would be trying to write their ideas into the constitution," Winn said, according to the Missouri Independent.

The money race

The measure has not attracted organized fundraising either for or against the state constitutional question, according to Ballotpedia.

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