The issues addressed in this article, particularly regarding the suffrage and basis of apportionment, have been among the most contentious in Virginia constitutional development. In fact, a number of constitutional conventions were called for the primary purpose of debating the extent of the suffrage or the basis of apportionment. The Conventions of 1829–30 and 1850–51 were called primarily because those in the West sought to move toward a population basis for legislative apportionment as well as white manhood suffrage. The Convention of 1867–68 was called, in...
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