First, Congress can propose amendments, which would then have to be ratified by two-thirds of the states. That’s been done 27 times since 1787. But, there’s also a provision for there to be a Constitutional Convention, something that can be done if two-thirds of state legislatures call for one. So far, that’s not been done, but U.Va Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato’s new book is perhaps the beginning of a call for one.
A More Perfect Constitution lays out 23 ideas to reform the Constitution, which Sabato says was never intended to stay static. Sabato recently appeared at the U.Va bookstore to talk about the work, which dates back his days teaching at Oxford.