This year marks the 70th anniversary of our state constitution. Although some say 70 is the new 50, our state constitution has proved to be relatively stable and to have withstood the test of time. State constitutions are low-visibility, and often amended or even replaced. Ours has been a work in progress since the often-criticized 1776 constitution, through the 1844 major revision, the 28 changes adopted in 1875, and the well-known 1947 Constitutional Convention’s modern, streamlined constitution. The 1966 Constitutional Convention revised the electoral provisions to comply with the United States Supreme Court’s “one person, one vote” decisions.
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