Under provisions of public law 1944 Chapter 1390, approved January 31, 1944, convention convened at the Rhode Island College of Education auditorium in Providence, March 28, 1944 for the purpose of amending the State constitution to eliminate voting registration requirements by members of the armed forces, merchant marines or persons absent from the state performing services connecting with military operations. Delegate chosen for the convention totaled 200 with Governor J. Howard McGrath serving as president & William A. Needham of Providence as Secretary. Proposal put before the voters at a special election held April 11, 1944 with amendment passing 7,122 for & 119 against. Author: Kenneth S. Carlson
Scope and Contents: The 1944 convention was held for the limited purpose of amending the Rhode Island constitution to exempt members of the armed forces and merchant marines in active service from voting registrations requirements of detailed in article XX of the Rhode Island Constitution. Amendment approved by voters, March 14, 1944. Records consist of transcripts of convention proceedings, resolutions (8), official roll call of delegates and petition of members of Democratic Party to state legislature received April 28, 1942.