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.[1] 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.[1]


Choice Votes %
Approve new constitution 4,696 43.96
Reject new constitution 5,986 56.04
Invalid votes
Total 10,682 100
Registered voters/turnout 27,732 38.23
Source: Direct Democracy