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Constitutional Revision Study Documents of the Constitutional Convention Commission, 1968
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CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION STUDY DOCUMENTS [SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS] COMPARISON
Headnotes Present
Constitution
Constitution of
1867
Constitution of
1864
Constitution of
1851
Constitution of
1776
Amendments to
1776 Constitution

Election proce-
dure: Qualifica-
tion of voters.

ARTICLE I.
ELECTIVE FRANCHISE.

Section 1. All elections
shall be by ballot; and every
citizen of the United States,
of the age of twenty-one
years, or upwards, who has
been a resident of the State
for one year, and of the
Legislative District of Balti-
more City, or of the county,
in which he may offer to
vote, for six months next pre-
ceding the election, shall be
entitled to vote, in the ward
or election district, in which
he resides, at all elections
hereafter to be held in this
State; and in case any
county, or city, shall be so
divided as to form portions
of different electoral dis-
tricts, for the election of
Representatives in Congress,
Senators, Delegates, or other
Officers, then, to entitle a
person to vote for such offic-
er, he must have been a resi-
dent of that part of the
county, or city, which shall
form a part of the electoral
district, in which he offers
to vote, for six months next
preceding the election; but
a person, who shall have ac-
quired a residence in such
county, or city, entitling him
to vote, at any such election,
shall be entitled to vote in
the election district from
which he removed, until he
shall have acquired a resi-
dence in the part of the
county, or city, to which he
has removed.

ARTICLE I.
ELECTIVE FRANCHISE.

Section 1. All elections
shall be by ballot; and every
white male citizen of the
United States, of the age of
twenty-one years, or up-
wards, who has been a resi-
dent of the State for one
year, and of the Legislative
District of Baltimore City,
or of the county, in which he
may offer to vote, for six
months next preceding the
election, shall be entitled to
vote, in the ward or election
district, in which he resides,
at all elections hereafter to
be held in this State; and in
case any county, or city,
shall be so divided as to form
portions of different electoral
districts, for the election of
Representatives in Congress,
Senators, Delegates, or other
Officers, then, to entitle a
person to vote for such of-
ficer, he must have been a
resident of that part of the
county, or city, which shall
form a part of the electoral
district, in which he offers to
vote, for six months next
preceding the election; but
a person, who shall have
acquired a residence in such
county, or city, entitling him
to vote at any such election,
shall be entitled to vote in
the election district from
which he removed, until he
shall have acquired a resi-
dence in the part of the
county, or city, to which he
has removed.

ARTICLE I.
ELECTIVE FRANCHISE.

Section 1. All elections
shall be by ballot, and every
white male citizen of the
United States, of the age of
twenty-one years, or up-
wards, who shall have re-
sided in the State one year
next preceding the election,
and six months in any
county, or in any legislative
district of Baltimore city,
and who shall comply with
the provisions of this Article
of the Constitution, shall be
entitled to vote, at all elec-
tions hereafter held in this
State; and in case any
county or city shall be so
divided as to form portions
of different electoral districts
for the election of Congress-
men, Senator, Delegate, or
other officer or officers, then
to entitle a person to vote for
such officer or officers, he
must have been a resident of
that part of the county or
city which shall form a part
of the electoral district in
which he offers to vote for
six months next preceding
the election; but a person
who shall have acquired a
residence in such county or
city entitling him to vote at
any such election shall be en-
titled to vote in the election
district from which he re-
moved, until he shall have
acquired a residence in part
of the county or city to
which he has removed.

ARTICLE I.
ELECTIVE FRANCHISE.

Section 1. Every free white
male person, of twenty-one
years of age or upwards, who
shall have been one year next
preceding the election a resi-
dent of the State, and for six
months a resident of the city
of Baltimore, or of any
county in which he may offer
to vote, and being at the
time of the election a citizen
of the United States, shall be
entitled to vote in the ward
or election district in which
he resides, in all elections
hereafter to be held; and at
all such elections the vote
shall be taken by ballot. And
in case any county or city
shall be so divided as to form
portions of different electoral
districts for the election of
Congressmen, Senator, dele-
gate, or other officer or of-
ficers, then to entitle a per-
son to vote for such officer,
he must have been a resident
of thai part of the county or
city which shall form a part
of the electoral district in
which he offers to vote, for
six months next preceding
the election; but a person
who shall have acquired a
residence in such county or
city entitling him to vote at
any such election, shall be
entitled to vote in the elec-
tion district from which he
removed, until he shall have
acquired a residence in the
part of the county or city to
which he has removed.

The CONSTITUTION and
FORM of GOVERN-
MENT agreed to by the
Delegates of Maryland in
free and full Convention
assembled.
2. That the house of dele-
gates shall be chosen in the
Allowing manner: All free-
men above twenty-one years
of age, having a freehold of
fifty acres of land in the
county in which they offer
to vote, and residing therein,
and all freemen having prop-
erty in this State above the
value of thirty pounds cur-
rent money, and having re-
sided in the county in which
they offer to vote one whole
year next preceding the elec-
tion, shall have a right of
suffrage in the election of
delegates for such county;
and all freemen so qualified
shall, on the first Monday of
October seventeen hundred
and seventy-seven, and on
the same day in every year
thereafter, assemble in the
counties in which they are
respectively qualified to vote,
at the court-house in the said
counties, or at such other
place as the legislature shall
direct, and when assembled
they shall proceed to elect,
viva voce, four delegates for
their respective counties, of
the most wise, sensible, and
discreet of the people, resi-
dents in the county where
they are to be chosen one
whole year next preceding
the election, above twenty-
one years of age, and having
in the State real or persona!
property above the value oi
five hundred pounds current
money, and upon the fina
casting of the polls the four
persons who shall appear to
have the greatest number o:
legal votes, shall be declarec

Proposed by Act of 1801,
chapter 90. Ratified 1802.
Every free white male
Citizen of this State, and no
other, above twenty one
years of age, having resided
twelve months in the County
next preceding the election
at which he offers to vote;
ind every free white male
Citizen of this State above
twenty one years of age, and
laving obtained a residence
of twelve months next pre-
ceding the election in the
City of Baltimore or the City
of Annapolis and at which
tie offers to vote, shall have
a right of suffrage and shall
vote by Ballot in the election
of such County or City or
either of them for Delegates
to the general Assembly,
Electors of the Senate and
Sheriffs.
Proposed by Act of 1809,
chapter 83. Ratified 1810.
Every free white male Cit-
izen of this State above twen-
ty one years of age, and no
other having resided twelve
months within this State and
six months in the County, or
in the City of Annapolis or
Baltimore next preceding the
election at which he offers
to vote, shall have a right of
suffrage and shall vote by
ballot in the election of such
County or city, or either, of
them for electors of the presi-
dent and vice president of
the United States, for repre-
sentatives of this State in the
Congress of the United
States, for delegates to the
General Assembly of this
State, electors of the senate
and sheriffs.
Proposed by Act of 1809,
chapter 198. Ratified 1810.
All such parts of the con-

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