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above three whole years next preceding the election, and having real and personal property above the value of one thousand pounds current money.
XVI. That the Senators shall be ballotted for at one and the same time; and out of the gentlemen residents of the western more who shall be proposed as Senators, the nine who shall, on striking the ballots, appear to have the greatest number in their favour, shall be accordingly declared and returned duly elected; and out of the gentlemen residents of the eastern shore who shall be proposed as Senators, the six who shall, on striking the ballots, appear to have the greatest number in their favour, shall be accordingly declared and returned duly elected: and if two or more, on the same shore, shall have an equal number of ballots in their favour, by which the choice shall not be determined on the first ballot, then the electors shall again ballot before they separate, in which they shall be confined to thepersons who on the first ballot shall have had an equal number ; and they who shall have the greatest number in their favour on the second ballot, shall be accordingly declared and returned duly
elected; and if the whole number should not thus be made up, because of an equal number on the second ballot still being in favour of two or more persons, then the election mall be determined by lot, between those who have equal numbers; which proceedings of the electors shall be certified under their hands, and returned to the Chancellor for the time being.
XVII. That the electors of Senators shall judge of the qualifications and elections of Members of their body, and on a contested election mall admit to a seat, as an elector, such qualified person as shall appear to them to have the greatest number of legal votes in his favour.
XVIII. That the electors immediately on their meeting, and before they proceed to the election of Senators, take such oath of support and fidelity to this State, as this Convention or the legislature shall direct; and also an oath, "to elect, without favour, affection, partiality, or prejudice, such persons for Senators as they in their judgement and conscience, believe best qualified for the office."
XIX. That in case of refusal, death, resignation, disqualification, or removal out of this,
S 3 State, State, of any Senator, or on his becoming Governor, or a Member of the Council, the Senate shall immediately thereupon, or at their next meeting thereafter, elect by ballot, in the fame manner as the electors are above directed to chuse Senators, another person in his place for the residue of the said term of five years.
XX. That not less than a majority of the Senate, with their President (to be chosen by them by ballot), mall constitute an House for the transacting any business, other than that of adjourning.
XXI. That the Senate shall judge of the elections and qualifications of Senators.
XXII. That the Senate may originate any other except money bills, to which their assent or dissent only mall be given] and may reeeive any other bills from the House of Delegates, and assent, dissent, or propose amendments.
XXIII. That the General Assembly meet annually, on the first Monday of November, and if necessary oftener.
XXIV. That each House shall appoint its own officers, and settle its own rules of proceeding.
XXV. That a person of wisdom, experience, and virtue, shall be chosen Governor, on the second Monday of November seventeen hundred and seventy-seven, and on" the second Monday in every year forever thereafter, by the joint ballot of both Houses, to be taken in each House respectively, deposited in a conferenceroom; the boxes to be examined by a joint Committee of both Houses, and the numbers severally reported, that the appointment may be entered; which mode of taking the joint ballot of both Houses shall be adopted in a\l cases. But if two or more shall have an equal number of ballots in their favour, by which the choice shall not be determined on the first ballot, then a second ballot shall be taken, which shall be confined to the persons who on the first ballot shall have had an equal number; and if the ballots should again be equal between two or more persons, then the election of the Governor shall be determined by lot, between those who have equal numbers; and if the person chosen Governor shall die, resign, remove out of the State, or refuse to act (sitting the General Assembly) the Senate and House of Delegates shall immediately thereupon proceed to a new choice in manner aforesaid.
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XXVI. That the Senators and Delegates, on the second Tuesday of November, 1777, and annually on the second Tuesday of November forever thereafter, elect by joint ballot, in the same manner as Senators are directed to be chosen, five of the most sensible, discreet, and experienced men, above twenty-five years of age, residents in the State above three years next preceding the election, and having therein a freehold of lands and tenements above the value of one thousand pounds current money, to be the Council to the Governor ; whose proceedings shall be always entered on record, to any part whereof any Member may enter his dissent; and their advice, if so required by the Governor or any Member of the Council, shall be given in writing, and signed by the Members giving the fame respectively; which proceedings of the Council mall be laid before the Senate, or House of Delegates, when called for by them, or either of them. The Council may appoint their own Clerk, who shall take such oath of support and fidelity to this State as this Convention or the legislature mall direct, and of secrecy, in such matters as he mall be directed by the Board to keep secret,