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A Campaign to Rewrite the Constitution is Underway

An Article V convention would open the floodgates. It would expose the Constitution to any number of sweeping changes, putting the basics of our democracy at risk.

September 13, 2018

The following is an excerpt from Codrington's piece that was originally published by The Hill. Read the full op-ed here.

Over the decades, there have been growing efforts to use Article V of the Constitution, which governs how to amend the document, to hold a new constitutional convention. Extremists on both sides of the aisle have pushed for an unprecedented convention, usually claiming that their delegates would propose only slight alterations to the Constitution. But an Article V convention would open the floodgates. It would expose the Constitution to any number of sweeping changes, putting the basics of our democracy at risk. Shockingly still, it is close to becoming a reality.

The views expressed are the author's own and not necessarily those of the Brennan Center for Justice.