Constitutional convention (political meeting)

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This article is about the political meeting. For customs relating to a Constitution, see Constitutional convention (political custom).

A constitutional convention is a gathering for the purpose of writing a new constitution or revising an existing constitution.[1] Members of (i.e. delegates to) a constitutional convention are often elected by popular vote. The resulting constitutional frame of government is often subjected to a popular vote via referendum before it enters into force.


Examples of constitutional conventions include:

Constitutional conventions have also been used by constituent states of federations — such as the individual states of the United States — to create, replace, or revise their own constitutions. Several US States have held multiple conventions over the years to change their particular state's constitutions.

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