An Amendment Convention Is Not A Constitutional Convention

An Article V Amendment Convention is often misnomered as a "constitutional convention." Because the 1787 convention which created our current Constitution was called a constitutional convention, it has been popularly assumed that all conventions are "constitutional conventions." This is an improper label as the framers never provided for such a "constitutional convention" in the Constitution. Instead they provided for a "convention to propose amendments" or Amendment Convention in Article V of the Constitution. The difference is an Amendment Convention can only propose amendments to our current Constitution which have no legal effect until ratified by the people through legally elected representative bodies. A constitutional convention can write a new constitution without any legal restraints. Power To The People only supports the constitutionally limited form of convention, an Amendment Convention or convention to propose amendments as authorized by Article V of the Constitution.

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