Iowa voters reject constitutional convention call by more than 2-to-1


Des Moines, Ia-  While several close races captured much of the attention in the election coverage, there was a clear decision by Iowa’s voters on calling a constitutional convention.

Radio Iowa’s Matt Kelley reports that this year’s General Election ballot asked voters if there should be a convention to revise the state’s constitution. It’s a question that’s required to be submitted to Iowa voters once every decade. By a rate of more than two-to-one, the voters said “no.”

The final tallies show 407-thousand people said yes, while 971-thousand opposed the idea. A constitutional law professor at the University of Iowa says such a convention is only appropriate if voters think the system is fundamentally broken and needs significant changes.

Iowa’s constitution was ratified in 1857 and has since been amended 48 times.