1970 Virginia ballot measures

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The 1970 Virginia State Elections took place on Election Day, November 3, 1970, the same day as the U.S. Senate and U.S. House elections in the state. The only statewide elections on the ballot were four constitutional referendums to amend the Virginia State Constitution. All referendums were referred to the voters by the Virginia General Assembly.[1]

Question 1[edit]

Due to the events of the Civil Rights Movement, several U.S. federal laws, court cases, and the 24th Amendment had nullified large parts of the Virginia State Constitution which had been drafted in 1902. Therefore, Governor A. Linwood Holton Jr. and the Virginia General Assembly collectively decided to call a constitutional convention in order to overhaul the constitution and remove its discriminatory elements. After this measure was passed the Government of Virginia established a Commission on Constitutional Revision which generated the current Virginia State Constitution.

Voters were asked the following question:

"Shall the Constitution be generally amended and revised, as agreed to by the General Assembly at its 1969 and 1970 sessions (except for the three proposals separately stated below)?"

Question 1
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 576,776 71.83
No 226,219 28.17
Total votes 802,995 100.00
Source: - Official Results

Question 2[edit]

This amendment asked voters to repeal Section 60 (which prohibits lotteries) and leave it to the General Assembly to decide whether or not to authorize or prohibit lotteries.

Question 2
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 491,124 62.86
No 290,168 37.14
Total votes 781,292 100.00
Source: - Official Results

Question 3[edit]

This amendment asked voters to authorize the state government to issue government bonds for specific capital projects. The sum of the debt incurred by these bond measures cannot not exceed 1.15 times the total annual income and sales tax revenues of the Commonwealth. These bond measures must first be approved by a voter referendum in order to take effect.

Question 3
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 504,315 65.88
No 261,220 34.12
Total votes 765,535 100.00
Source: - Official Results

Question 4[edit]

This amendment asked voters to authorize the state government to issue revenue bonds for specific capital projects. Such bonds must first by certified by the Governor that the anticipated revenues from such projects will be sufficient to pay principal and interest as they become due. Such bonds must also have the approval of 2/3s of both chambers in the Virginia General Assembly. The sum of the debt incurred by these bond measures cannot not exceed 1.15 times the total annual income and sales tax revenues of the Commonwealth.

Question 4
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 484,274 64.56
No 265,784 35.44
Total votes 750,058 100.00
Source: - Official Results

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