Jensen, Merrill (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut
III. The election of convention delegates, 27 November-1 December 1787, pp. 173-176
173 III THE ELECTION OF CONVENTION DELEGATES 27 November-i December 1787 The resolutions calling for the election on 27 November of three Convention delegates from each county, provided that the voters should have the same qualifications as voters for members of the General Assembly: be adults worth £50 proclamation money and be residents of a county for a year. The elections were conducted according to "the Rules and Regula- tions prescribed" for the election of assemblymen as set forth in the election law of 16 December 1783 (Mfm:N.J. 2). Eight counties voted viva voce, while the other five used the secret ballot. Five counties had only one polling place, while eight had multiple sites to which sheriffs could move the polls if they thought it necessary. The polls were to stay open "a reasonable Time," a phrase which enabled sheriffs to keep the polls open for several days if they decided to do so. Only one assemblyman, Matthew Whilldin, and one councillor, Jeremiah Eldredge, both from Cape May County, were elected to the Convention. State Supreme Court Chief Justice David Brearley was the only delegate to the Constitutional Convention elected to the Convention. Essex County Election Notice, 5 November' In compliance with the above resolutions of the legislature, I do hereby give notice to the people of the county of Essex, that an election will be held at the courthouse in Newark, for the choice of delegates to represent this county in the state Convention as above mentioned. Caleb Camp, sheriff 1. Printed in the New Jersey Journal on 7, 14, 21 November, immediately after the resolutions calling the state Convention.
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