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Proceedings and Debates of the 1864 Constitutional Convention
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until they shall be superseded pursuant to its provisions and
until their successors be duly qualified, and the compensation
of such officers which has been increased by this Constitu-
tion, shall take effect from the first day of January, 1865.

VOTE ON THE CONSTITUTION.

SECTION. 1. For the purpose of ascertaining the sense of the
people of this State, in regard to the adoption or rejection of
this Constitution, the Governor shall issue his proclamation
within five days after the adjournment of this Convention di-
rected to the Sheriff of the city of Baltimore, and to the Sher-
iffs of the several counties of this State commanding them to
give notice in the manner now prescribed by law, that an
election will be held in the city of Baltimore und in the sev-
eral counties of the State, at the usual places of holding elec-
tions in said city and counties, for the adoption or rejection of
this Constitution, on the twelfth day of October, in the year
eighteen hundred and sixty-four, which election shall be held
between the hours of eight o'clock, A. M., and six o'clock,
P. M., and the Judges of election of said city, and of the sev-
eral counties of the State, shall receive at said election the
votes only of such electors as are qualified according to the
provisions of this Constitution, who may offer to vote at such
election, and the said Sheriffs shall also give notice on or after
the twelfth day of October, eighteen hundred and sixty-four,
for all elections provided by this Constitution, to be held dur-
ing that year.

Sec. 2. At the said election, the vote shall be by ballot,
and each ballot shall describe thereon the words "for the Consti-
tution, " or "against the Constitution, " as the voter may elect,
and it shall be conducted in all respects as the general elec-
tions of this State are now conducted. The Judges of elec-
tion shall administer to every person offering to vote, the oath
or affirmation prescribed by this Constitution, and should any
person offering to vote refuse or decline to take said oath, he
shall not be permitted to vote at such election, but the taking
of such oath or affirmation, shall not be deemed conclusive
evidence of the right of such person to vote; and it shall be
the duty of the return Judges of said city, and of the several
counties of the State, having counted the votes given for or
against the adoption of this Constitution, to certify the result
thereof in the manner now prescribed by law, accompanied
with a special statement, that every person, who has voted,
has taken the oath or affirmation prescribed by the Constitu-
tion; and the Governor upon receiving such result and ascer-
taining the aggregate vote throughout the State, shall by his
proclamation make known the same, and if a majority of the

 

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