American Samoa voters may amend constitution

Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - More than 100 potential amendments to American Samoa's constitution will be decided by voters in a single proposal: "Do you approve the 2010 amendments to the Revised Constitution of American Samoa?"

Chief Election Officer Soliai T. Fuimaono recently told the Samoa News that it is the simplest way to put the question to voters in the Nov. 2 general election.

The proposed amendments were drawn up this summer during a constitutional convention.

Under one proposal, lawmakers in the U.S. territory could prevent the enforcement of federal laws they deem would diminish American Samoa's economy or the safety and general welfare of its people.

Voter-approved amendments must be authorized by Congress.

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