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Votes for -," and add thereto, in writing, the title of the office voted for, as the case may be, and shall deliver such certificate to some Representative chosen as a member of the General . Assembly, whose duty it shall be to cause such certificate of votes to be delivered to the committee of the General Assembly appointed to canvass the same. And at the sitting of the General Assembly, next after such balloting for the officers aforesaid, there shall be a committee appointed of and by the General Assembly, who shall be sworn to the faithful discharge of their duty, and whose duty it shall be to examine such certificates and ascertain the number of votes given for each candidate, and the persons receiving the largest number of votes for the respective offices, shall be declared duly elected, and by such committee be reported to the General Assembly, and the officers so elected shall be commissioned by the Governor. And if two or more persons designated for any one of said offices, shall have received an equal number of votes, the General Assembly shall elect one of such persons to such office.
The term of office of the Governor, Lieutenant-Governor and Treasurer of the State, respectively, shall commence when they shall be chosen and qualified, and shall continue for the term of one year, or until their successor shall be chosen and qualified, or to the adjournment of the session of the Legislature, at which, by the Constitution and laws, their successors are required to be chosen, and not after such adjournment. And the Legislature shall provide, by general law, declaring what officer shall act as Governor whenever there shall be a vacancy in both the offices of Governor and Lieutenant-Governor, occasioned by a failure to elect, or by the removal from office, or by the death, resignation or inability of both Governor and Lieutenant-Governor to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office of Governor, and such officer so designated shall exercise the powers and discharge the duties appertaining to the office of Governor accordingly until the disability shall be removed, or Governor shall be elected. And in case there shall be a vacancy in the office of Treasurer, by reason of any of the causes enumerated, the Governor shall appoint a Treasurer for the time being, who shall act as Treasurer until the disability shall be removed or a new election shall be made.
ARTICLE XXII. The Treasurer of the State shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, give sufficient security to the Secretary of State, in behalf of the State of Vermont, before the Governor of the State and one of the judges of the Supreme Court. And sheriffs and high bailiffs, before entering upon the duties of their respective offices, shall give sufficient security to the Treasurer of their respective counties, before one of the judges of the Supreme Court, or the two assistant judges of the County Court of their respective counties, in such manner and in such sums as shall be directed by the Legislature.
The Senate shall be composed of thirty Senators, to be of the freemen of the county for which they are elected, respectively, who shall have attained the age of thirty years, and they shall be elected annually by the freemen of each county, respectively.
The Senators shall be apportioned to the several counties according to the population as ascertained by the censns taken under the authority of Congress in the year 1840, regard being always had in such apportionment to the counties having the largest fraction, and giving to each county at least one Senator.
The legislature shall make a new apportionment of the Senators to the several counties, after ihe taking of each census of the United States, or after a census taken for the purpose of such apportionment, under the authority of this State, always regarding the above provisions of this article.
ARTICLE XXIV. Section 1. The General Assembly. shall meet on the first Wednesday of October, biennially; the first election shall be on the first Tuesday of September, A. D. 1870; the first session of the General Assembly on the first Wednesday of October, A. D. 1870.
Sec. 2. The Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Treasurer of State, Senators, town Representatives, assistant judges of the County Court, sheriffs, high bailiffs, State's attorneys, judges of probate and justices of the peace shall be elected biennially, on the first Tuesday of September, in the manner prescribed by the Constitution of the State.
Sec. 3. The term of office of the Governor, Lieutenant-Governor and Treasurer of the State, respectively, shall commence when they shall be chosen and qualified, and shall continue for the term of two years, or until their successors shall be chosen and qualified, or to the adjournment of the session of the Legislature at which, by the Constitution and laws, their successors are required to be chosen, and not after such adjournment.
Sec. 4. The term of office of Senators and town Representatives shall be two years, commencing on the first Wednesday of October following their election.
Sec. 5. The term of office of the assistant judges of the County Court, sheriffs, high bailiffs, State's attorneys, judges of probate and justices of the peace, shall be two years, and shall commence on the first day of December next after their election.
ARTICLE XXV. Section 1. At the session of the General Assembly of this State, A. D. 1880, and at the session thereof every tenth year thereafter, the Senate may, by a vote of two-thirds of its members, make proposals of amendment to the Constitution of the State, which proposals of amendment, if concurred in by a majority of the members of the House of Representatives, shall be entered on the journals of the two houses, and referred to the General Assembly then next to be chosen, and be published in the principal newspapers of the State; and if a majority of the members of the Senate and of the House of Representatives of the next following General Assembly shall respectively concur in the same proposals of amendment, or any of them, it shall be the duty of the General Assembly to submit the proposals of amendment so concurred in to a direct vote of the freemen of the State; and such of said proposals of amendment as shall receive a majority of the votes of the freemen voting thereon shall become a part of the Constitution of this State.
Sec. 2. The General Assembly shall direct the manner of voting by the people upon the proposed amendments, and enact all such laws as shall be necessary to procure a free and fair vote upon each amendment proposed, and to carry into effect all the provisions of the preceding section.
Sec. 3. The House of Representatives shall have all the power now possessed by the Council of Censors to order impeachments, which shall in all cases be by a vote of two-thirds of its members.
Sec. 4. The forty-third section of the second part of the Constitution of this State is hereby abrogated.
ARTICLE XXVI. The judges of the Supreme Court shall be elected biennially, and their term of office shall be two years.
on the day appointed by law for the commencement of a biennial session of the General Assembly, and chosen their Speaker, and the Senators having met, shall, before they proceed to business, take and subscribe the following oath in addition to the oath now prescribed: “ You,
do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you did not at the time of your election to this body, and that you do not now hold, any office of profit or trust under the authority of Congress. So help me God.” Or, in the case of affirmation, “Under the pains and penalties of perjury.”
Sec. 2. The words “ office of profit or trust under the author. ity of Congress” shall be construed to mean any office created directly or indirectly by Congress, and for which emolument is provided from the Treasury of the United States.
ARTICLE XXVIII. Section 1. The Secretary of State and Auditor of Accounts shall be elected by the freemen of the State upon the same ticket with the Governor, Lieutenant-Governor and Treasurer.
Sec. 2. The Legislature shall carry this article into effect by appropriate legislation.