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Proceedings and Debates of the 1864 Constitutional Convention
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10, and recommend the adoption in lieu
thereof of the following sections of the pres
ent constitution:
Sec. 7. In case of the death or resignation
of the governor, or of his removal from the
State, the general assembly, if in session, or
if not, at their next session, shall elect some
other qualified resident of the same district,
to be the governor for the residue of the
term for which the said governor had been
Sec. 8. In case of any vacancy in the office
of governor during the recess of the legisla-
ture, the president of the senate shall dis-
charge the duties of said office till a governor
is elected, as berein provided for; and in
case of the dearth or resignation of said presi-
dent, or of his removal from the State, or of
his refusal to serve, then the duties of said
office shall, in like manner and for the same
interval, devolve upon the speaker of the
house of delegates, and the legislature may
provide by law for the case of impeachment
or illability of the governor, and declare
what person shall perform the executive du-
ties during such impeachment or inability ;
and for any vacancy in said office not herein
provided for, provision may be made by law,
and if such vacancy should occur without
such provision being made, the legislature
shall be convened by the secretary of State,
for the purpose of filling said vacancy.
In other respects the undersigned concur
in the report of the majority.
Mr. BROWN, from the minority of the com-
mittee on the elective franchise, submitted
the following report:
The minority of the committee not being
able to concur in all of the views of the ma-
jority, beg leave to submit the following
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 resident of the State, and for six
months a resident of Baltimore, or of any
county in which be 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, delegate, or other
officer or officers, then to entitle a person to
vote for such officer, he must have been a
resident of that part of the county or city
which shall form a part of the electoral dis
trict in which he offers to vote, for six months
next preceding the election; but a person who
shall not 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 lie removed, until
he shall have acquired a residence in the
part of the county or city to which he ha
Sec. 2. That if any person shall give or offer
to give, directly or indirectly, any bribe, pres-
ent, or reward, or any promise, or any security
for the payment or delivery of money', or any
other thing to induce any voter to retrain from
casting his vote, or forcibly to prevent him in
any way from voting, or to obtain or procure
a vote for any candidate or person proposed or
voted for as elector of President and Vice-
President of the United States, or representa-
tive in Congress, or for any office of profit or
trust created by the Constitution or laws of
this State, or by the ordinance's or authority
of the mayor and city council of Baltimore
the person giving or offering to give, and the
person receiving the same, and any person
who gives or causes to be given an illegal
vote knowing it to be so, at any election to
be hereafter held in this State, shall on con-
viction in a court of law, in addition to the
penalties now or hereafter to be imposed by
law, be forever disqualified to hold any office
of profit or trust or to vote at any election
Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the genera'
assembly of Maryland to pass laws to punish
with fine and imprisonment any person who
shall remove into any election district or
ward of the city of Baltimore, not for the pur-
pose of acquiring a bona fide residence therein,
but for the purpose of voting therein at an
approaching election, or who shall vote in
any election district or ward in which he does
not reside, (except in the case provided for in
the first article of the Constitution) or shall
at the same election vote in more than one
election district or ward, or shall vote or
offer to vote in any name not his own, or in
place of any other person of the same name,
or shall vote in any county in which he does
not reside.
Sec. 4. Every person elected or ap-
pointed to any office of profit or trust under
the constitution or laws made pursuant
thereto, before be shall enter upon the duties
of such office shall take and subscribe the
following oath or affirmation: 1, A. B., do
swear (or affirm, as the case may be,) that 1
will support the constitution of the United
States, and that I will be faithful and bear
true allegiance to the State of Maryland, and
support the constitution and laws thereof, and
that I will, to the best of my skill and judg-
ment, diligently and faithfully, without par-
tiality or prejudice, execute the office of—
according to the constitution and laws of this

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