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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book
(1956)

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


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244                   WISCONSIN BLUE BOOK
if the constitution be ratified by the said electors it shall become the
constitution of the state of Wisconsin. On such of the ballots as are for
the constitution shall be written or printed the word "yes" and
on such
as are against the constitution the word "no." The election shall
be con-
ducted in the manner now prescribed by law, and the returns made by
the clerks of the boards of supervisors or county commissioners (as the
case may be) to the governor of the territory at any time before the
tenth day of April next. And in the event of the ratification of this con-
stitution by a majority of all the votes given, it shall be the duty of the
governor of this territory to make proclamation of the same, and to
transmit a digest of the returns to the senate and assembly of the state
on the first day of their session. An election shall be held for governor,
lieutenant governor, treasurer, attorney-general, members of the state
legislature, and members of congress, on the second Monday of May
next; and no other or further notice of such election shall be required.
  Section 10. This section apportioned the state temporarily into con-
gressional districts, and is omitted as obsolete.
  First elections. Section 11. The several elections provided for in this
article shall be conducted according to the existing laws of the terri-
tory; provided, that no elector shall be entitled to vote except in the
town, ward or precinct where he resides. The returns of election for
senators and members of assembly shall be transmitted to the clerk of
the board of supervisors or county commissioners, as the case may be;
and the votes shall be canvassed and certificates of election issued as
now provided by law. In the first senatorial district the returns of the
election for senator shall be made to the proper officer in the county of
Brown; in the second senatorial district to the proper officer in the
county of Columbia; in the third senatorial district to the proper officer
in the county of Crawford; in the fourth senatorial district to the proper
officer in the county of Fond du Lac; and in the fifth senatorial district
to the proper officer in the county of Iowa. The returns of election for
state officers and members of congress shall be certified and transmitted
to the speaker of the assembly, at the seat of government, in the same
manner as the votes for delegate to congress are required to be certified
and returned by the laws of the territory of Wisconsin, to the secretary
of said territory, and in such time that they may be received on the first
Monday in June next; and as soon as the legislature shall be organized
the speaker of the assembly and the president of the senate shall, in the
presence of both houses, examine the returns and declare who are duly
elected to fill the several offices hereinbefore mentioned, and give to
each of the persons elected a certificate of his election.
  Section 12. This section apportioned the state temporarily into senate
and assembly districts, and is omitted as obsolete.
  Common law continued in force. Section 13. Such parts of the common
law as are now in force in the territory of Wisconsin, not inconsistent
with this constitution, shall be and continue part of the law of this
state until altered or suspended by the legislature.
  Officers, when to enter on duties. Section 14. The senators first elected
  in the even-numbered senate districts, the governor, lieutenant gov-
ernor and other state officers first elected under this constitution, shall
enter upon the duties of their respective offices on the first Monday of
June next, and shall continue in office for one year from the first Mon-
day of January next; the senators first elected in the odd-numbered
senate districts, and the members of the assembly first elected, shall
enter upon their duties respectively on the first Monday of June next,
and shall continue in office until the first Monday in January next.
   Oath of office. Section 15. The oath of office may be administered by
any judge or justice of the peace until the legislature shall otherwise
direct.


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