The Congressional election.
The election which takes place on Wednesday the 6th inst. would seem to be less important than similar events in times past, in law of the truth that we have had no political excitement, and, so far as we are aware, of the ordinary incidents of an electioning campaign.
This arises from the fact that the country is at war, and the attention of the people is fixed upon subjects of entrusting interest connected therewith; yet the approaching political contest loses, none of its importance from the consideration of surrounding circumstances if, indeed, the existence of the times do not awake a deep solitude for the character of the popular representation in the Congressional body.
In alluding to the subject, however, our purpose is not to speak a word in behalf of this or that candidate, but to mention some facts practical bearing for the information of a public generally.
The Code of Virginia
page be provides that the officers conducting elections at the Court
-Houses of their general counties, shall, in the case of election of members of Congress, within fifteen days after the election, meet at the Court
-Houses of the county or corporation in the law describing the
The Virginia Convention rearranged the congressional districts, by an ordinance passed on the 28th of June Inst.
but working to the omission of a general publication of the details, many of the sheriffs are tant of the order in which the counties is Under such circumstances, the election in Virginia
might be declared and with a view to prevent such an embarrassing difficulty, we copy the ordinance, as follows:
That the number of members in which this State is entitled in the House
of the Confederate States
will continue to be apportioned amongst the several counties and corporations of the State
, arranged into sixteen districts, as follows:
Middlesex Accomac, Northampton
, King Counties, Gloucester Matthews
, and Northumberland
shall be the First District.
Norfolk city, Norfolk co.
, Princess Anne, Richmond
, and Greenville
, shall be the Second District.
City of Richmond
, Charles City
, New Kent, Elizabeth City
, James City
, and Berg
shall be the Third District.
City of Petersburg
, Powhatan, Amelia
, and Prince George shall be the Fourth District.
Prince Edward, Brunswick
, and Appotomax shall be the Fifth District.
, Beauford and Carroll
shall be the Sixth District.
, Amhearst Nelson
, and Buckingham
shall be the Seventh District.
, Caroline, King George, Stafford
, and shall be the Eighth District.
, Prince William, Fairfax
, and Page shall be the Ninth District.
, and Hardy
shall constitute the Tenth District.
, Penncon Highland, Bath
, Pœcahontas, and Alatany shall constitute the Eleventh District.
, Greenbrier Raleigh
, and Fayette
shall confederate the Twelfth District.
, Gravson, Washington
, Bachanan, Mellowell, Hogewell, Bland
, and Russell
shall constitute the Thirteenth District.
, Putasm, Mason
, Scholng, Braxton
, and Wyoming
shall constitute the Fourteenth District.
, Rockdridge, Upshur
, Bulger Barbour
, and Calboun shall constitute the Fifteenth District.
, Monongalia, and Preston
shall confederate the Sixteenth District.
Each of said districts shall choose one representative in the Congress of the Confederate States.
Another ordinance of the Convention
July 1st, authorizes the qualified voters of the Commonwealth
, who may be absent from home in the military service, to vote at the places of their encampment for Electors for President
and Vice President
, and for members of Congress.
The commander of the encampment is empowered to appoint a superintendent of election, three commissioner, and as many clerks as shall be necessary, and after having been first duly sworn by shall perform the duties required of, and reliable to the penalties imposed upon such under the election laws of the State