1979 United States Virgin Islands constitutional referendum
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A constitutional referendum was held in the United States Virgin Islands on 6 March 1979. Federal law passed by the United States Congress authorized the Virgin Islands and Guam to pass constitutions and form governments. A Constitutional Council had subsequently been elected in the 1977 general elections. The Council wrote and then unanimously adopted a draft constitution which provided for an elected governor and treasurer, a 17-seat Legislature, a local justice system and protections for Virgin Islander culture.
The draft constitution was rejected by the voters in the referendum.
|Approve new constitution||4,696||43.96|
|Reject new constitution||5,986||56.04|
|Source: Direct Democracy|
- United States Virgin Islands, 6 March 1979: Constitution Direct Democracy (in German)