Past (from 1776 to 1990)

Maryland Ballot Referendums on Convening a Constitutional Convention

Year Date For Against Voters Nonvoters Plurality Majority Convened
1776 None None None None None None None Yes
1850* 8-May 23,906 5,340 N.A. N.A. 81.74% Yes Yes
1858 26-May 11,539 20,093 N.A. N.A. 36.48% No No
1864 6-Apr 31,593 19,524 N.A. N.A. 61.81% Yes Yes
1867** 10-Apr 34,534 24,136 N.A. N.A. 58.86% Yes Yes
1887 8-Nov 72,464 105,735 N.A. N.A. 40.66% No No
1907 5-Nov 32,778 87,035 N.A. N.A. 27.36% No No
1930*** 4-Nov 108,351 93,701 506,894 304,842 53.63% No No
1950 7-Nov 200,439 56,998 645,631 388,194 77.86% No No
1966**** 13-Sep 160,280 31,680 609,747 417,787 83.50% Yes Yes
1970***** 3-Nov 121,381 256,229 377,610 N.A. 32% No No
1990****** 6-Nov 303,489 456,669 760,158 319,031 40.60% No No
Source: Report of the Constitutional Convention Commission - 1967,
     and news reports.
*Special election to be held after every decennial census
     (postponed in 1860 due to Civil War)
**Special election to be held after every twenty years,
     starting in 1887.
***A 1922 amendment changed the next vote to 1930.
****The referendum was classified as a separate election,
     so the plurality equaled the majority.
*****As reported in the Washington Post, November 4, 1970, p. A11,
     with only 60% of precincts reporting.
******Here is the pro and con argument for a state constitutional
     convention as presented in 1990 by the Maryland chapter of
     the League of Women Voters.

Maryland Ballot Referendums on Ratifying the Constitutional Convention’s Recommendations

Year Date For Against Passed
1850 4-Jun 29,025 18,616 Yes
1864 12-Oct 29,911 29,799 Yes
1867 18-Sep 47,152 23,036 Yes
1968 14-May 284,033 367,101 No
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