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The Wisconsin Constitution,   pp. [221]-[252] PDF (11.1 MB)


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                    WISCONSIN CONSTITUTION                          227
territory to form a constitution and state government, and for the
admission of such state into the Union," approved August sixth, one
thousand eight hundred and forty-six, to wit: Beginning at the north-
east corner of the state of Illinois-that is to say, at a point in the
center of Lake Michigan where the line of forty-two degrees and thirty
minutes of north latitude crosses the same; thence running with the
boundary line of the state of Michigan, through Lake Michigan, Green
Bay, to the mouth of the Menominee river; thence up the channel of the
said river to the Brule river; thence up said last-mentioned river to
Lake Brule; thence along the southern shore of Lake Brule, in a direct
line to the center of the channel between Middle and South Islands in
the Lake of the Desert; thence in a direct line to the headwaters of the
Montreal river, as marked upon the survey made by Captain Cram:
thence down the main channel of the Montreal river to the middle of
Lake Superior; thence through the center of Lake Superior to the mouth
of the St. Louis river; thence up the main channel of said river to the
first rapids in the same, above the Indian village, according to Nicollet's
map; thence due south to the main branch of the River St. Croix; thence
down the main channel of said river to the Mississippi; thence down the
center of the main channel of that river to the northwest corner of the
state of Illinois; thence due east with the northern boundary of the state
of Illinois to the place of beginning, as established by "An act to
enable
the people of the Illinois territory to form a constitution and state gov-
ernment, and for the admission of such state into the Union on an equal
footing with the original states," approved April 18, 1818.
  Enabling act accepted. Section 2. The propositions contained in the act
  of congress are hereby accepted, ratified and confirmed, and shall remain
  irrevocable without the consent of the United States; and it is hereby
  ordained that this state shall never interfere with the primary disposal
  of the soil within the same by the United States, nor with any regula-
  tions congress may find necessary for securing the title in such soil to
  bona fide purchasers thereof; and in no case shall nonresident proprie-
  tors be taxed higher than residents. Provided, that nothing in this con-
  stitution, or in the act of congress aforesaid, shall in any manner
  prejudice or affect the right of the state of Wisconsin to five hundred
  thousand acres of land granted to said state, and to be hereafter selected
  and located by and under the act of congress entitled "An act to appro-
  priate the proceeds of the sales of the public lands, and grant pre-
  emption rights," approved September fourth, one thousand eight hundred
  and forty-one.
                              ARTICLE III
                                SUFFRAGE
   Electors. Section 1. Every person, of the age of twenty-one years or
 upwards, belonging to either of the following classes, who shall have
 resided in the state for one year next preceding any election, and in the
 election district where he offers to vote such time as may be prescribed
 by the legislature, not exceeding thirty days, shall be deemed a qualified
 elector at such election:
   1. Citizens of the United States.
   2. Persons of Indian blood, who have once been declared by law of
 congress to be citizens of the United States, any subsequent law of
 congress to the contrary notwithstanding.
   3. The legislature may at any time extend, by law, the right of suf-
 frage to persons not herein enumerated; but no such law shall be in
 force until the same shall have been submitted to a vote of the people at
 a general election, and approved by a majority of all the votes cast on
 that question at such election; and provided further, that the legislature


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