Constitutional Convention referendum on the ballot

Every ten years, there is a referendum on the Iowa Ballot asking for a yes or no-vote to host a convention to alter or re-write the Iowa State Constitution.

This year is one of those years, and a vote will be taken Nov. 2, during the General Election.

If a majority rules to go to a constitutional convention, the legislature would first make a decision of districts.

Probably, they would use the same Senate Districts they have right now, but they could draw up completely new districts, said Trudy Caviness, Wapello County Republicans TM Chairperson. The one nice thing about Iowa and I like [is] we're getting ready to go into a census and so we're going to redraw all of our districts now. Well, we have a non-partisan group that does that and it really is a non-partisan group, so hopefully that would happen, but the legislature can decide how they want to draw up the districts and then they would call for the convention and they would decide how many delegates and where those delegates would come from.

What are the positives of going to convention?

First of all, if there's ideas and things that people want to do to add to the convention, it would be done reasonably quickly compared to what it is [without the convention referendum], and I understand some of the people want to bring up something like ~we could amend our constitution similar to California with a referendum. TM That is one thing some of the people that are advocating for a constitutional convention would like to see happen.

Caviness said the negatives of going to convention could be the influence of outside groups on Iowa TMs Constitution.

Some worry that if a majority rules in favor of a constitutional convention, the majority party, who gets to choose the delegates, might hijack and take-over the convention.

Because they have the authority to run the convention, that could happen, said Caviness. Would that happen? I don't know. But, it's possible that it could.