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ARTICLE IV.

Adopted November, 1832. There shall annually (altered by amendments of 1875) be chosen and appointed a Lieutenant-Governor, a Treasurer and Secretary, in the same manner as is provided in the second section of the fourth article of the Constitution of this State, for the choice and appointment of a Governor.

ARTICLE V.

Adopted November, 1836. A Comptroller of Public Accounts shall be annually (altered by amendments of 1875) chosen by the electors, at their meeting in April, and in the same manner as the Treasurer and Secre tary are chosen, and the votes for Comptroller shall be returned to, counted, canvassed, and declared by the Treasurer and Secre tary.

ARTICLE VI.

Adopted November, 1836. The electors in the respective towns, on the first Monday of April (altered by amendments of 1875) in each year, may vote for Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Treasurer, Secretary, Sena. tors and Representatives in the General Assembly successively, or for any number of said officers at the same time, and the General Assembly shall have power to enact laws regulating and prescribing the order and manner of voting for said officers, and also providing for the election of Representatives at some time subsequent to the first Monday of April in all cases when it shall so happen that the electors in any town shall fail on that day to elect the Representative or Representatives to which such town shall be by law entitled: Provided, that in all elections of officers of the State, or members of the General Assembly, the votes of the electors shall be by ballot, either written or printed.

ARTICLE VII.

Adopted October, 1838. A sheriff shall be appointed in each county by the electors therein, in such manner as shall be prescribed by law, who shall hold his office for three years (altered by amendment of 1886), removable by the General Assembly, and shall become bound with sufficient sureties to the Treasurer of the State for the faithful discharge of the duties of his office.

ARTICLE VIII.

Adopted October, 1845. Every white (altered by amendments of 1876) male citizen of the United States, who shall have attained the age of twentyone years, who shall have resided in this State for a term of one year next preceding, and in the town in which he may offer himself to be admitted to the privileges of an elector, at least six months next preceding the time he may so offer himself (altered by amendments of 1855), and shall sustain a good moral character, shall, on his taking such oath as may be prescribed by law, be an elector.

ARTICLE IX.

Adopted October, 1850. The Judges of Probate shall be appointed by the electors residing in the several probate districts, and qualified to vote for Representatives therein, in such manner as shall be prescribed by law.

ARTICLE X.

Adopted October, 1850. The Justices of the Peace for the several towns in this State shall be appointed by the electors in such towns; and the time and manner of their election, the number for each town, and the period for which they shall hold their offices, shall be prescribed by law.

ARTICLE XI.

Adopted October, 1855. Avery person shall be able to read any article of the Constitution, or any section of the statutes of this State, before being admitted an elector.

ARTICLE XII.

Adopted October, 1856. The Judges of the Supreme Court of Errors, and of the Superior Court, appointed in the year 1855, and thereafter, shall hold their offices for the term of eight years, but may be removed by impeachment; and the Governor shall also remove them on the address of two-thirds of each house of the General Assembly. No Judge of the Supreme Court of Errors, or of the Superior Court, shall be capable of holding office after he shall arrive at the age of seventy years.

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ARTICLE XIII.

Adopted August, 1864. (Every elector of this State who shall be in the military service of the l'nited States, either as a drafted person or volunteer, during the present rebellion, shall when absent froin this State, because of such service, have the same right to vote in any election of State officers, Representatives in Congress, and electors of President and Vice-President of the United States, as he would have if present at the time appointed for such election, in the town in which he resided at the time of his enlistment into such service. This provision shall in no case extend to persons in the regular army of the United States, and shall cease and become inoperative and void upon the termination of the present war.

The General Assembly shall prescribe, by law, in what manner and at what time the votes of electors absent from this State, in the military service of the United States, shall be received, counted, returned and canvassed.) (Now inoperative.)

ARTICLE XIV.

Adopted October, 1873. All annual and special sessions of the General Assembly shall, on and after the first Wednesday of May, A. 1). 1875, be held at Hartford, but the person administering the office of Governor may, in case of special emergency, convene said Assembly at any other place in the State.

ARTICLE XV.

Adopted October, 1874. The House of Representatives shall consist of electors residing in towns from which they are elected. Every town which now contains, or hereafter shall contain, a population of five thousand, shall be entitled to send two representatives, and every other one shall be entitled to its present representation in the General Assembly. The population of each town shall be determined by the enumeration made under the authority of the cen. sus of the United States next before the election of Representatives is held.

ARTICLE XVI.

Adopted October, 1875. Section 1. A general election for Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Comptroller and members of the General Assembly, shall be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1876, and annually thereafter, for such officers as are herein and may be hereafter prescribed (altered by amendment of 1884).

Sec. 2. The State officers above named, and the Senators from those districts having even numbers, elected on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1876, and those elected biennially thereafter on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, shall respectively hold their offices for two years from and after the Wednesday following the first Monday of the next succeeding January. The Senators from those districts having odd numbers elected on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1876, shall hold their offices for one year from and after the Wednesday following the first Monday of January, 1877; the electors residing in the senatorial districts having odd numbers shall, on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1877, and biennially thereafter, elect Senators who shall hold their offices for two years from and after the Wednesday following the first Monday of the next succeeding January. The Representatives elected from the several towns on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1876, and those elected annually thereafter, shall hold their offices for one year from and after the Wednesday following the first Monday of the next succeeding January (altered by amendment of 1884).

Sec. 3. There shall be a stated session of the General Assembly in Hartford on the Wednesday after the first Monday of January, 1877, and annually (altered by amendment of 1884) thereafter on the Wednesday after the first Monday of January.

Sec. 4. The persons who shall be severally elected to the State offices and General Assembly on the first Monday of April, 1876, shall hold such offices only until the Wednesday after the first Monday of January, 1877.

Sec. 5. The General Assembly elected in April, 1876, shall have power to pass such laws as may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this amendment.

ARTICLE XVII.

Adopted October, 1875. The General Assembly shall have power, by a vote of twothirds of the members of both branches, to restore the privileges of an elector to those who may have forfeited the same by a conviction of crime.

ARTICLE XVIII,

Adopted October, 1876. In case a new town shall hereafter be incorporated, such new town shall not be entitled to a Representative in the General Assembly unless it has at least twenty-five hundred inhabitants, and unless the town from which the major portion of its territory is taken has also at least twenty-five hundred inhabitants; but until such towns shall each have at least twenty-five hundred inhabitants, such new town shall, for the purpose of representation in the General Assembly, be attached to and be deemed to be a part of, the town from which the major portion of its territory is taken, and it shall be an election district of such town for the purpose of representation in the House of Representatives.

ARTICLE XIX.

Adopted October, 1876. The provisions of Section 2, Article IV of the Constitution, and of the amendments thereto, shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to all elections held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1876, and annually thereafter.

ARTICLE XX.

Adopted October, 1876. Judges of the Courts of Common Pleas, and of the District Courts, shall be appointed for terms of four years. Judges of the City Courts and Police Courts shall be appointed for terms of two years.

ARTICLE XXI.

Adopted October, 1876. Judges of Probate shall be elected by the electors residing in their respective districts on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1876, and biennially thereafter.

Those persons elected Judges of Probate on the Tuesday after the first Monday

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