The Constitution of the State of Minnesota was initially approved in a special election held on October 13, 1857. It was ratified by the United States Senate on May 11, 1858, when Minnesota was admitted to the Union. The Constitution consists of a Preamble and 14 Articles. The most significant amendment among the nearly 120 approved amendments of the Minnesota Constitution is the reorganization in 1974 to simplify the document reducing the extensive verbiage.
Two different ways of amending the Minnesota Constitution are:
- A legislatively-referred constitutional amendment as established in Section 1 of Article IX.
- A constitutional convention as established in Section 3 of Article IX.