Crowdsourced State Constitutional Revisions Can Revive Our Democracy

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Rutgers University Law Review


State constitutions will continue to fall short of their important role in the U.S. democratic system absent revision. Some constitutions can only be defined as primitive, having been created in the nineteenth century and only amended since then. Some are littered with legislative pronouncements ill-suited for a constitution. Other barriers have also reduced the role of state constitutions in their respective state democratic systems.

This paper seeks to pave the way for a single state to use participatory tools in an effort to revise their constitution via a constitutional convention. Just as the successes (and failures) in places like Iceland sparked a number of other democracies to experiment with participatory tools in substantive democratic processes, one state going through this transformative process could inspire several others to pursue their own version of such revision.

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Summer 2022