For nearly a century, the Virginia Constitution did not provide for an amendment and revision procedure, in part because the East was reluctant to make it easier for the West to bring about a population-based apportionment, and in part because such a procedure was viewed as likely to produce frequent constitutional change and governmental instability. It is not that the Constitution was unchanged during this time. In addition to several amendments adopted under unusual circumstances in the mid-1860s, conventions were called in 1829–30, 1850–51, 1861, 1864, and...
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