Imagine voting for the next president and, at the same time, deciding if the Constitution should be amended to require that the federal government balance its budget each year.
It's an optimistic goal for those who want a Convention of States, but supporters contend it is within reach.
"If we get one of these conventions called, it's going to be bigger than any presidential election," said David Guldenschuh, a Rome attorney working toward making the Convention of States a reality. "It will be everywhere."
Guldenschuh, a former chairman of the Floyd County Republican Party, spoke Tuesday to the Rome Tea Party about the movement to hold a Convention of States.
Article V of the Constitution grants states the power to call a convention and propose amendments to the nation's founding document. Legislatures in two-thirds of the states must call for a convention before it can be formed.
According to Guldenschuh, the movement needs only seven more states to meet that 34-state threshold.
"The Founders understood that there would come a time that the federal government would overreach its bounds," Guldenschuh said. "If Congress won't fix itself, the states can do it."
A number of Article V movements exist. The one that's the closest to calling the convention is the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force.
The task force has one goal: amend the Constitution to require that the federal government balance its budget each year.
Under an optimistic timetable, the necessary number of states would call for a convention early next year.
Once convened, 26 states must approve any proposed amendment.
State legislatures would have the option to ratify it, or the states themselves would pick the method of how to vote it up or down.
Which brought Gulden-schuh to the possibility of a statewide vote on the amendment alongside the November 2016 general election for the presidency.
At least 38 states must ratify the amendment before it becomes law.
Guldenschuh said the Convention of States is about more than passing a balanced budget amendment. Its success would prove that the states have a workable method of reining in the power of the federal government.
"That would be the greatest thing in my opinion to ever happen in this country," Guldenschuh added. "The momentum is there. It's not going to stop any time soon."