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the city of Baltimore and of the several counties of this State, commanding them to give notice, in the manner now prescribed by law in reference to the election of members of the House of Delegates, that an election for the adoption or rejection of this Constitution will be held in the city of Baltimore, and in the several counties of this State, on Wednesday, the eighteenth day of September, in the year eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, at the usual place of holding elections for members of the House of Delegates in said city and counties. At the said election the vote shall be by ballot, and upon each ballot there shall be written or printed the words "For the Constitution," or "Against the Constitution," as the voter may elect; and the provisions of the laws of this State, relating to the holding of general elections for members of the House of Delegates, shall in all respects apply to and regulate the holding of the said election. It shall be the duty of the judges of election in said city and in the several counties of the State to receive, accurately count and duly return the number of ballots so cast for or against the adoption of this Constitution, as well as any blank ballots which may be cast, to the several clerks of the Circuit Courts of this State, and to the clerk of the Superior Court of Baltimore city in the manner now prescribed by law, in reference to the election of members of the House of Delegates, and duplicates thereof directly to the Governor; and the several clerks aforesaid shall return to the Governor, within ten days after said election, the number of ballots cast for or against the Constitution, and the number of blank ballots; and the Governor, upon receiving the returns from the judges of election or the clerks as aforesaid, and ascertaining the aggregate vote throughout the State, shall, by his proclamation, make known the same; and if a majority of the votes cast shall be for the adoption of this Constitution, it shall go into effect on Saturday, the fifth day of October, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven.
Done in convention, the seventeenth day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States the ninety-second.
RICHARD B. CARMICHAEL,
MILTON Y. KIDD,
CONSTITUTION OF STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS.
Frame of government.
House of Representatives. 2. Governor.
sary, etc. 3. Judiciary power. 4. Delegates to Congress. 5. The University. The encouragement of litera
ture. 6. Oaths.
Articles of amendment.
CHAPTER I. 1. Preamble.
7. Objects of government. The
right of the people to insti
tute and change it. 8. Right of the people to secure
rotation in office. 9. All having the qualifications
prescribed, equally eligible to
office. 10. Right of protection and duty of
contribution correlative. 11. Remedies by recourse to the
law, to be free, complete and
prompt. 12. Prosecutions regulated. 13. Crimes to be proved in the via
cinity. 14. To be secure from unreasonable
searches and seizures. 15. Right of trial by jury. 16. Liberty of the press. 17. Right to keep and bear arms.
- Standing armies dangerous. - Military power subordinate
to civil power. 18. Moral qualifications for office.
Moral obligations of law
givers and magistrates. 19. The people have the right to
assemble in a peaceable manner to consult for common
good. 20. Power to suspend the laws or
their execution. 21. Freedom of debate, etc., and
reason thereof. 22. Frequent sessions and objects
thereof. 23. Taxation founded on consent. 24. Ex post facto laws prohibited. 25. Legislature not to convict of
treason, etc. 26. Excessive bail or fines, and cruel
Declaration of Rights. 1. Equality and natural rights of
man. 2. Right and duty of public relig
ious worship. — Protection
therein. 3. Legislature empowered to com
pel provisions for public worship and enjoin attendance
thereon. 4. Right of self-government
cured. 5. Accountability of all officers,
etc. 6. Service rendered to the public
being the only title peculiar to privileges.- Hereditary offices are absurd and natural.
9. Not less than sixteen members
of the Senate shall constitute a quorum for doing business.
27. No soldiers to be quartered in
any house, unless, etc. 28. Citizens exempt from law mar
shall, unless, etc. 29. Judges of Supreme Judicial
Court. Tenure of their office.
- Salaries. 30. Separation of executive, judicial
and legislative departments. 1. Title of the body politic.
Legislative Power. 1. Legislative department. 2. Governor's veto.- Bill may be
passed by two-thirds of each
house notwithstanding. 3. General Court may constitute
judicatories. 4. General Court may enact laws,
etc., not repugnant to the Constitution.—May provide for the election or appointment of officers, and may prescribe their duties. May impose taxes.
Section 3. House of Representatives. 1. Representation of the people. 2. Representatives. By whom
chosen.- Proviso as to towns having less than one hundred
and fifty ratable polls. 3. Qualifications of a Representa
tive. — Property qualifications
abolished. 4. Qualifications of a voter. 5. Representatives, when chosen. 6. House alone can impeach. 7. House originates all money bills. 8. Not to adjourn more than two
days. 9. Not less than sixty members of
the House of Representatives shall constitute a quorum for
doing business. 10. To judge of returns, etc., of its
own members; to choose its officers and establish its rules. - Privilege of members from
arrest. 11. Senate.- Governor and council
may punish.— Trial may be by committee or otherwise,
1. Senate, number of, and by whom
elected.-- County shall be dis
tricts until, etc. 2. Manner and time of choosing
Senators and councillors.-- Selectmen to preside at town
meetings. 3. Governor and council to examine
and count votes and issue
summonses. 4. Senate to be final judge of
elections, etc., of its own mem
bers. 5. Qualifications of a Senator.
Property qualifications abol
ished. 6. Senate not to adjourn more than
two days. 7. Shall choose its officers and
establish its rules. 8. Shall try all impeachments.
Oath.- Limitation of sentence.
Governor. 1. Governor. 2. To be chosen annually. 3. By whom chosen, if he have a
majority of votes.- In case of
tie. 4. Power of Governor, and of Gov.
ernor and council. 5. May adjourn or prorogue the General Court
upon request, and convene the same. 6. Governor and council may ad.
journ the General Court in cases, etc., but not exceeding
ninety days. 7. Governor to be commander-in
chief of State military forces. 8. Governor may pardon.