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The New York State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse


Information Related to New York's Nov. 7, 2017 Constitutional Convention Referendum

 

New York Charter and Constitutional Convention Chronology

Summary: New York had five charters during its colonial era.  Since independence, it has had 9 proposing state constitutional conventions and 2 state constitutional conventions to ratify Federal law (for the original U.S. Constitution in 1788 and the 21st Amendment repealing prohibition in 1933). Since 1821, it has had 12 popular calls to convene a state constitutional convention, including the upcoming 2017 referendum. Since 1846, it has had at least one call or convention every 20 years. Since 1801, New York’s legislature has not restricted a convention’s agenda by statute, and since 1846 has been constitutionally prohibited from doing so for conventions called via the periodic referendum.

Year

Date

Place

Proposal

Stage

Pre-State History
1215 U.K. Magna Carta Ratify
1664 N.Y. Grant to the Duke of York Ratify
1674 N.Y. Grant to the Duke of York Ratify
1676 N.Y. Grant (New England) to Duke of York Ratify
1683 N.Y. N.Y. Charter of Liberties & Privileges Ratify
1691 N.Y. N.Y. Charter & Privileges Ratify
New York State History
1776 4-Jul U.S. U.S. Declaration of Independence Ratify
1776 17-Jun N.Y. N.Y. Congress & Convention Call
1776 9-Jul N.Y. N.Y. Declaration of Independence Ratify
1777 20-Apr N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Ratify
1787 6-Mar U.S. U.S. Congress Constitutional Convention Call
1788 1-Feb N.Y. N.Y. Ratifying Convention Call
1788 26-Jul N.Y. N.Y. Ratifying Convention Ratify
1801 6-Apr N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Call
1801 27-Oct N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Ratify
*** Era begins of popular convening and ratifying votes ***(starts in 1821)
1821 24-Apr N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Call
1822 17-Jan N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Ratify
1845 4-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Call
1846 3-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Ratify
1858 2-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Call
*** Era begins of mandatory convention call every 20 years ***(inserted in 1846 constitution)
1866 6-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Call
1869 2-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Ratify
1886 2-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Call
1894 6-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Ratify
1914 7-Apr N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Call
1915 2-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Ratify
1933 20-Feb U.S. U.S. Congress 21st Amendment (Repealing 18th Amendment) Call
1933 27-Jun N.Y. State Ratifying Convention Ratify
1936 3-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Call
1938 8-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Ratify
1957 5-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Call
1965 2-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Call
1967 7-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Ratify
1977 8-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Call
1997 4-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Call
2017 7-Nov N.Y. N.Y. Constitutional Convention Call