Under provisions of public law 1957 chapter 166, approved December 16, 1957 "An Act to provide for calling a Constitutional Convention of the People of the State of Rhode Island for the purpose of amending the Constitution" a special election was held January 22, 1958 in which the voters approved 12,476 to 1,903. Convention with 200 delegates convened at the Veterans’ memorial Building auditorium in Providence on January 31, 1958, with Governor Dennis J. Roberts serving as Chairman & William T. Broomhead as Secretary. Proposed constitutional amendments put before the electorate at a special election held February 27, 1958, with both amendments overwhelmingly approved; (1) shut – in and absentee voters (17,973 to 1,592); repeal of biennial census provisions (16,087 to 2,564) Author: Kenneth S. Carlson
Scope and Contents: 1958 Convention was held for the limited purpose to address a proposal of amendment to the Rhode Island Constitution to allow for absentee voting and elimination of language requiring biennial census of registered voters. Records consist of convention proceedings, January 31 to February 7, 1958, 255 pp. & proceedings of public hearings held before executive session of committee on absentee voting, February 4 – 6, 1958, 217 pp.; committee on bi-Partisan Enumerators, February 5, 69 pp. and miscellaneous committee concerning the disposition & distribution of convention records & gavel, final adjournment & home rule amendment to the constitution, 51 pp.