- It shall be the duty of the officers conducting the election directed by law to be held on the fourth Thursday in May next, at the places appointed for holding the same, to open a poll to take the sense of the qualified voters of this Commonwealth upon the ratification or rejection of ‘"An ordinance to amend the Constitution of this Commonwealth so as to strike out the 22d and 23d sections of the 4th article of the present Constitution,"’ adopted in Convention at the city of Richmond, on the twenty-sixth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one.
The poll book shall be headed "Amendment to the Constitution of Virginia," and shall contain two columns, one headed "For the Amendment." and the other "Against the Amendment," and the names of those who vote for the amendment shall be written under the former heading, and the names of those who vote against the amendment shall be written under the latter heading.
- 3. The said officers shall make return of the number of persons voting for each proposition, at the time and in the manner provided by law in the case of other elections, and shall forthwith deliver the returns, together with the to the Clerks of their respective counties and corporations; and it shall be the duty of such Clerks respectively to transmit immediately to the Governor of the Commonwealth, copies of the said returns so delivered to them.
- 4. The Governor shall, without delay, make Proclamation of the result, stating therein the aggregate vote for and against the ratification; to be published in such newspapers in the State as may be deemed requisite for general information; and if a majority of said votes be cast for the ratification of the said Ordinance, he shall annex to his Proclamation a copy thereof, together with this Schedule.
- 5. The Secretary of the Commonwealth shall cause to be sent to the Clerks of each county and corporation as many copies of this Schedule and Ordinance aforesaid as there are places of voting therein, and three copies to each of the military commanders hereinafter referred to, using special messengers for that purpose when necessary.--And it shall be the duty of the said Clerks to deliver the same to the Sheriffs for distribution, whose duty it shall be forthwith to post the said copies at some public place in each election district.
- 6. The expenses incurred in providing poll books, and in procuring writers to enter the names of the voters therein, shall be defrayed as in the case of the election of members to the General Assembly.
The qualified voters of the Commonwealth who may be absent from the counties or corporations of their residence on the day of election, in the military service of the State, may vote for the ratification or rejection of the said Ordinance at such place or places within their encampment, or as the commander at such encampment shall designate, whether the said encampment shall be within the limits of this State or not. For each place of voting he shall appoint a superintendent, three Commissioners, and as many Clerks as shall be necessary, who, after having been first duly sworn by him, shall perform the duties required of, and be liable to the penalties imposed upon such officers under the election laws of this State.
- 8. The officers conducting the said election shall, on the day after the election, or as soon thereafter as may be, deliver the poll books to their said commander, who shall forthwith forward the same to the Governor of this Commonwealth, who shall count the said votes in ascertaining the result of the said election in the State.
Done in Convention, in the city of Richmond
, on the twenty-fourth day of April, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, and in the eighty-fifth year of the Commonwealth
A true copy.
John L. Eubank
Executive Department,April 27, 1861.
The following Ordinances of the Convention
of this Commonwealth are published by its order for general information.
George W. Munford
of the Commonwealth