Rewrite the Maryland Constitution? It's up to you.

Here's one reason to read all the way to the end of the ballot when you vote this November.

Maryland voters will choose a governor and all 188 state lawmakers this fall, but they'll also likely face an even weightier decision: Should the state constitution be ripped up and rewritten?

Every 20 years, state lawmakers are required to pass legislation placing a "constitutional convention question" on the ballot. The bill is expected to win easy approval because, as Assistant Attorney General Dan Friedman told lawmakers on Wednesday, "You really don't have a choice."

Once the question is on the ballot, it has a long record of going nowhere - just one has been called since 1867, and the document produced was rejected. But some wonder if citizen activist groups might be able to rally enough support this year for rewriting the state's governing laws.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pan the idea of a convention, though they acknowledge that it's their duty to pose the question to voters.

Some citizen groups have already begun rallying for a convention. Here's a recent opinion piece, published in The Baltimore Sun, that explores some of the pros of a constitutional update by citizens.

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