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Maryland Manual, 1904
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term of office.
SECTION 1. The executive power of the State shall
be vested in a Governor, whose term of office shall com-
mence on the second Wednesday of January next
ensuing his election, and continue for four years, and
until his successor shall have qualified; but the Gov-
ernor chosen at the first election under this Constitution
shall not enter upon the discharge of the duties of the
office until the expiration of the term for which the
present incumbent was elected; unless the said office
shall become vacant by death, resignation, removal
from the State, or other disqualification of the said in-
Miles v. Bradford, 22 Md., 183.
Time, place
and manner
of electing
Sec. 2. An election for Governor, under this Consti-
tution, shall be held on the Tuesday next after the first
Monday of November, in the year eighteen hundred
and sixty-seven, and on the same day and month in
every fourth year thereafter, at the places of voting for
delegates to the General Assembly; and every person
qualified to vote for Delegates shall be qualified and
entitled to vote for Governor ; the election to be held in
the same manner as the election of Delegates, and the
returns thereof under seal to be addressed to the
Speaker of the House of Delegates, and enclosed and
transmitted to the Secretary of State, and delivered to
said Speaker, at the commencement of the session of
the General Assembly next ensuing said election.
Plurality to
Sec. 3. The Speaker of the House of Delegate shall
then open the said returns in the presence of both
Houses; and the person having the highest number of
votes, and being constitutionally eligible, shall be the
Governor, and shall qualify, in the manner herein pre-
scribed, on the second Wednesday of January next
ensuing his election, or as soon thereafter as may be
Tie vote. Sec. 4. If two or more persons shall have the highest
and an equal number of votes for Governor, one of them
House to de-
cide all ques-
shall be chosen Governor by the Senate and House of
Delegates, and all questions in relation to the eligibility
of Governor, and to the returns of said election, and
to the number and legality of votes therein given,
shall be determined by the House of Delegates; and if

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