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AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION.
PROPOSED IN 1876.
6. Art. 9.
Bill of Rights, Art 6. Strike out the word “protestant.” Rejected.
Part II. Arts. 3, 5, 12, 16, 27, 28, 31, 33, 42, 60, and 66. Strike out the words “every year” and insert the word “ biennially."
Part II. Art. 5. Add: 66 • Provided, that the general court shall not authorize
town to loan or give its money or credit, directly or indirectly, for the benefit of any corporation having for its object a dividend of profits, or in any way aid the same by taking its stock or bonds." Part II. Arts. 9, 10, and 11. Strike out these sections, and insert:
There shall be in the Legislature of the State a representation of the people, biennially elected, and founded upon the principles of equality; and in order that such representation may be as equal as circumstances will admit, every town or place entitled to town privileges, and wards of cities having six hundred inhabitants by the last general census of the State, taken by authority of the United States or of this State, may .elect one representative; if eighteen hundred such inhabitants, may elect two representatives; and so proceeding in that proportion, making twelve hundred such inhabitants the mean increasing number for an additional representative: Provided, That no town shall be divided, or the boundaries of the wards of any city so altered, as to increase the number of representatives to which such town or city may be entitled by the next preceding census : And provided further, That to those towns and cities which since the last census have been divided, or had their boundaries or ward lines changed, the general court, in session next before these amendments shall take effect, shall equitably apportion representation in such manner that the number shall not be greater than it would have been had no such division or alteration been made.
• Art. 1o. Such towns, 'places, and wards as have less than six hundred inhabitants shall be classed by the general court for the purpose of choosing a representative, so that every such class shall
contain at least six hundred inhabitants, and be seasonably notified thereof; and in every such class the first meeting shall be held in the town, place, or ward wherein most of the inhabitants reside, and afterwards in that which has the next highest number, and so on, biennially, in rotation through the several towns, places, and wards forming the district. ". Art. II.
Whenever any town, place, or city ward shall have less than six hundred such inhabitants, and be so situated that it cannot conveniently be classed with any other town, place, or ward, the
general court may authorize such town, place, or ward to elect and send to the general court such proportionate part of the time as the number of its inhabitants shall bear to six hundred; but the general court shall not authorize any town, place, or ward to elect and send such representatives, except as herein provided."
Part II. Arts. 12, 28, 31, 42, and 60. Strike out the word “ March " and insert - November."
Part II. Art. 14. Strike out the words “ shall be of the Protestant religion.”
Part II. Arts. 25, 26. Strike out the word " twelve" and insert the word “twenty-four."
Part II. Art. 29. Strike out the words “ who is not of the Protestant religion." Part II. Art. 37.
Strike out the words “ seven,” or eight," "five," and insert the words “. thirteen," o sixteen," - ten." Part II. Art. 42.
Strike out the words " and unless he shall be of the Protestant religion.”
Part II. Art. 46. Strike out the words “ solicitors, all sheriffs," “registers of probate."
Part II. Art. 73. Strike out the word “- president” and insert the word "
governor.” Part II. Art. 73. Add at the end of the article the following words: “ but in no case shall such removal be for political reasons."
Rejected. Part II. Art. 77. Strike out the words " four pounds” and insert the words - one hundred dollars." Strike out the words “ so that a trial by jury, in the last resort, may be had.”
The convention of 1876 submitted to the people the foregoing proposed amendments in the form of the following questions :
1. Do you approve of striking out the word - Protestant” in the Bill of Rights, as proposed in the amended Constitution ?
2. Do you approve of so amending the Constitution that the general court shall be authorized to provide for the trial of causes in which the value in controversy does not exceed one hundred dollars, and title to real estate is not concerned, without the intervention of a jury, as proposed by the amended Constitution?
3. Do you approve of the biennial election of governor, councillors, members of the senate and house of representatives, and biennial sessions of the legislature, as proposed in the amended Constitution?
4. Do you approve of a house of representatives based upon population, and constituted and chosen as provided in the amended Constitution?
5. Do you approve of a senate of twenty-four members, to be constituted and chosen as provided in the amended Constitution?
6. Do you approve of the election, by the people, of registers of : probate, solicitors, and sheriffs, as provided in the amended Constitution?
7. Do you approve of abolishing the religious test as a qualification for office, as proposed in the amended Constitution?
8. Do you approve of prohibiting the general court from authorizing towns or cities to loan or give their money or credit to corporations, as proposed in the amended Constitution?
9. Do you approve of changing the time for holding the state election from March to November, as proposed in the amended Constitution?
10. Do you approve of authorizing the general court to provide that appeals from a justice of the peace may be tried by some other court without the intervention of a jury, as proposed in the amended Constitution?
11. Do you approve of authorizing the general court to increase the jurisdiction of justices of the peace to one hundred dollars, as proposed in the amended Constitution ?
12. Do you approve of the proposed amendment prohibiting the removal from office for political reasons?
13. Do you approve of the proposed amendment prohibiting money raised by taxation from being applied to the support of the schools or institutions of any religious sect or denomination, as proposed in the amended Constitution? (J. 1876, pp. 274–275.)
VOTE ON THIRTEEN AMENDMENTS OF 1876, TO THE CONSTITUTION
Ayes. Noes. Ayes. Noes. Ayes. Noes. Ayes. Noes.
Ayes. Noes. Ayes. Noes.
Rockingham. 4,088 2,524 5,738
1,216 824 1,337 Merrimack .. 4,224
5,978 Hillsborough 5,919
2,405 6,478 Cheshire ..... 2,395 1,194 3,240 Sullivan. 1,276 1,120
2,804 2,357 3,822 Coös....
1,608 642 1,922 al..... 27,664 15,907 35,482