SEC. 8.20 The General Assembly, shall make provisions for all
cases of contested elections of any of the officers, not herein
SEC. 9.21 Every person elected, or appointed, to any office of
profit or trust, under this Constitution, or under the Laws, made
pursuant thereto, shall, before he enters upon the duties of such
office, take and subscribe the following oath, or affirmation:
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support the Constitution and Laws thereof; and that I will, to the
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that I will not directly or indirectly, receive the profits or any part
of the profits of any other office during the term of my acting
SEC. 10.22 Any officer elected or appointed in pursuance of the
provisions of this Constitution, may qualify, either according to
the existing provisions of law, in relation to officers under the
present Constitution, or before the Governor of the State, or
before any Clerk of any Court of Record in any part of the State;
but in case an officer shall qualify out of the County in which he
resides, an official copy of his oath shall be filed and recorded in
the Clerk's office of the Circuit Court of the County in which he
may reside, or in the Clerk's office of the Superior Court of the
City of Baltimore, if he shall reside therein. All words or phrases,
used in creating public offices and positions under the Constitu-
tion and laws of this State, which denote the masculine gender
shall be construed to include the feminine gender, unless the
contrary intention is specifically expressed.
SEC. II.23 Every person, hereafter elected, or appointed, to
office, in this State, who shall refuse, or neglect, to take the oath,
or affirmation of office, provided for in the ninth section of this
Article, shall be considered as having refused to accept the said
office; and a new election, or appointment, shall be made, as in
case of refusal to accept, or resignation of an office; and any
person violating said oath, shall, on conviction thereof, in a Court
of Law, in addition to the penalties now, or hereafter, to be
imposed by Law, be thereafter incapable of holding any office of
profit or trust in this State.
SEC. 12.23" Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, a
person is ineligible to enter upon the duties of, or to continue to
serve in, an elective office created by or pursuant to the provisions
of this Constitution if the person was not a registered voter in this
state on the date of the person's election or appointment to that
term or if, at any time thereafter and prior to completion of the
term, the person ceases to be a registered voter.
SECTION I.24 The executive power of the State shall be vested
"Transferred from Article III, sec. 47, by Chapter 681, Acts of 1977,
ratified Nov. 7, 1978.
"Originally Article I, sec. 6, renumbered by Chapter 681, Acts of
1977, ratified Nov. 7, 1978.
"Transferred from Article XV, sec. 10, by Chapter 681, Acts of
1977, ratified Nov. 7, 1978. As Art. XV, sec. 10, it was amended by
Chapter 275, Acts of 1922, ratified Nov. 7, 1922.
23 Originally Article I, sec. 7, thus renumbered and amended by
Chapter 681, Acts of 1977, ratified Nov. 7, 1978.
"• Added by Chapter 788, Acts of 1984, ratified Nov. 6, 1984.
"Amended by Chapter 109, Acts of 1947, ratified Nov. 2, 1948;
Chapter 161, Acts of 1964, ratified Nov. 3, 1964; Chapter 576, Acts
of 1970, ratified Nov. 3, 1970.
in a Governor, whose term of office shall commence on the third
Wednesday of January next ensuing his election, and continue for
four years, and until his successor shall have qualified; and a
person who has served two consecutive popular elective terms of
office as Governor shall be ineligible to succeed himself as
Governor for the term immediately following the second of said
two consecutive popular elective terms.
SEC. 1A." There shall be a Lieutenant Governor, who shall
have only the duties delegated to him by the Governor and shall
have such compensation as the General Assembly shall provide
by law, except that beginning in the year 1978 the salary of the
Lieutenant Governor shall be as provided under Section 21 A of
this Article. No person who is ineligible under this Constitution
to be elected Governor shall be eligible to hold the office of
SEC. IB.2' Each candidate who shall seek a nomination for
Governor, under any method provided by law for such nomina-
tion, including primary elections, shall at the time of filing for
said office designate a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, and
the names of the said candidate for Governor and Lieutenant
Governor shall be listed on the primary election ballot, or
otherwise considered for nomination jointly with each other. No
candidate for Governor may designate a candidate for Lieutenant
Governor to contest for the said offices jointly with him without
the consent of the said candidate for Lieutenant Governor, and no
candidate for Lieutenant Governor may designate a candidate for
Governor, to contest jointly for said offices with him without the
consent of the said candidate for Governor, said consent to be in
writing on a form provided for such purpose and filed at the time
the said candidates shall file their certificates of candidacy, or
other documents by which they seek nomination. In any election,
including a primary election, candidates for Governor and
Lieutenant Governor shall be listed jointly on the ballot, and a
vote cast for the candidate for Governor shall also be cast for
Lieutenant Governor jointly listed on the ballot with him, and the
election of Governor, or the nomination of a candidate for
Governor, also shall constitute the election for the same term, or
the nomination, of the Lieutenant Governor who was listed on
the ballot or was being considered jointly with him.
SEC. 2.27 An election for Governor and Lieutenant Governor,
under this Constitution, shall be held on the Tuesday next after
the first Monday of November, in the year nineteen hundred and
seventy-four, 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 and Lieutenant
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.
SEC. 3.28 The Speaker of the House of Delegates shall then
open the said Returns, in the presence of both Houses; and the
persons having the highest number of votes for these offices, and
being Constitutionally eligible, shall be the Governor and Lieu-
tenant Governor, and shall qualify, in the manner herein
prescribed, on the third Wednesday of January next ensuing his
election, or as soon thereafter as may be practicable.
25 Amended by Chapter 532, Acts of 1970, ratified Nov. 3, 1970;
Chapter 543, Acts of 1976, ratified Nov. 2, 1976.
26 Added by Chapter 532, Acts of 1970, ratified Nov. 3, 1970.
27 Amended by Chapter 99, Acts of 1956, ratified Nov. 6, 1956;
Chapter 532, Acts of 1970, ratified Nov. 3, 1970.
28 Amended by Chapter 161, Acts of 1964, ratified Nov. 3, 1964;
Chapters 532 and 576, Acts of 1970, ratified Nov. 3, 1970.