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3. The several election districts in this State shall elect the following number of representatives, viz.:

Charleston, including St. Philip and St. Michael, fifteen members; Christ Church, three members; St. John, Berkely, three members ; St. Andrew, three members; St. George, Dorchester, three members ; St. James, Goose Creek, three members ; St. Thomas and St. Dens nis, three members; St. Paul, three members ; St. Bars tholomew, three members; St. James, Santee, three members ; St. John, Colleton, three members; St. Stephen, three members ; St. Helena, three members"; St. Luke, three members; Prince William, three members ; St. Peter, three members; All Saints, (including its ancient boundaries,) one member. Winyaw, (not including any part of All Saints,) three members; Kingston, (not including any part of All Saints,) two members; Williamsburgh, two members; Liberty, two members; Marlborough, two members ; Chesterfield, two members; Darlington, two members; York, three members ; Chester, two members; Fairfield, two members ; Richland, two mem, bers ; Lancaster, two members; Kershaw, two members; Claremont, two members; Clarendon, two members; Abbeville, three members; Edgefield, three members ; Newberry, (including the fork between Broad and Saluda rivers, three members ; Laurens, three members ; Union, two members ; Spartan, two members ; Greenville, two members ; Pendleton, three members.; St. Matthew, two members ; Orange, two members; .Winton, (including the district between Savannah river, and the north fork of Edisto, three members ; Saxe Gotha, three members.

4. Every free white man, of the age of twenty-one years, being a citizen of this State, and having resided therein two years previous to the day of election, and who hath a freehold of fifty acres of land, or a town lot, of which he hath been legally seized and possessed, at least six months before such election, or, not having such freehoid or town lot, hath been a resident in the election district, in which he offers to give his vote, six months

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before the said election, and hath paid a tax the preceding year of three shillings sterling towards the support of this government, shall have a right to vote for a member or members, to serve in either branch of the legislature, for the election district in which he holds such property, or is so resident.

5. The returning officer, or any other person present, entitled to vote, may require any person who shall offer his vote at an election, to produce a certificate of his citizenship, and a receipt from the tax collector of his having paid a tax, entitling him to vote, or to swear, or affirm, that he is duly qualified to vote agreeably to this constitution.

6. No person shall be eligible to a seat in the House of Representatives, unless he is a free white man, of the age of twenty-one years, and hath been a citizen and resident in this State three years previous to his election. If a resident in the election district, he shall not be eligible to a seat in the House of Representatives, unless he be legally seized and possessed, in his own right, of a settled freehold estate of five hundred acres of land, and ten negroes; or of a real estate, of the value of one hundred and fifty pounds sterling, clear of debt. If a nonresident, he shall be legally seized and possessed of a settled freehold estate therein, of the value of five hundred pounds sterling, clear of debt.

7. The Senate shall be composed of members to be chosen for four years, in the following proportions, by the citizens of this State, qualified to elect members to the House of Representatives, at the same time, in the same manner, and at the same places, where they shall vote for representatives, viz.:

Charleston, (including St. Philip and St. Michael,) two members ; Christ church, one member; St. Johr., Berkeley, one member; St. Andrew, one member; St. George, one member; St. James, Goose Creek, one member; St. Thomas and St. Dennis, one member; St. Paul, one member; St. Bartholomew, one member; St James, Santee, one member; St. John, Colleton, ono nember; St. Stephens, one member; St. Helena, one

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member, St. Luke, one member; Prince William, one member; St. Peter, one member; All Saints, one member; Winya x and Williamsburgh, one member; Liberty and Kingston one member; Marlborough, Chesterfield, and Darlington, two members ; York, one member; Fair field, Richland and Chester, one member; Lancaster and Kershaw, one member; Claremont and Clarendon, one member; Abbeville, one member; Edgefield, one member; Newbury, (including the fork between Broad and Saluda rivers,) one member; Laurens, one member; Union, one member; Spartan, one member; Greenville, one member; Pendleton, one member; St. Matthew and Orange, one member; Winton, (including the district between Savannah river and the north fork of Edisto,) one member; Saxe Gotha, one member.

8. No person shall be eligible to a seat in the Senate, unless he is a free white man, of the age of thirty years, and hath been a citizen and resident in this State for five years previous to his election. If a resident in the election district, he shall not be eligible unless he be legally seized and possessed, in his own right, of a settled freehold estate of the value of three hundred pounds sterling, clear of debt. If a non-resident in the election district, he shall not be eligible unless he be legally seized and possessed, in his own right, of a settled freehold estate, in the said district, of the value of one thousand pounds sterling, clear of debt.

9. Immediately after the senators shall be assembled, in consequence of the first election, they shall be divided by lot into two classes. The seats of the senators of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of the second year, and of the second class, at the end of the fourth year; so that one-half thereof, as near as possible, may be chosen, for ever thereafter, every second year, for the term of four years.

10. Senators and members of the House of Representatives, shall be chosen on the second Monday in October next, and the day following: and on the same days in every second year thereafter, in such manner, and at uch tiines, as are herein directed ; and shall meet on the

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House of Representatives, but may be altered, amended or rejected by the Senate.

All other bills may originate in either House, and may be amended, altered, or rejected by the other.

16. No bill or ordinance shall have the force of law, until it shall have been read three times, and on three several days, in each House, has had the great seal affixed to it, and has been signed, in the Senate-House, by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

17. No money shall be drawn out of the public treasury, but by the legislative authority of the State.

18. The members of the legislature, who shall assemble under this Constitution, shall be entitled to receive out of the public treasury, as a compensation for their expenses, a sum not exceeding seven shillings sterling a day, during their attendance on, going to, and returning from the legislature : but the same may be increased or diminished by law, if circumstances shall require ; but no alterations shall be made by any legislature, to take effect during the existence of the legislature which shall make such alteration.

19. Neither House shall, during their session, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.

20. No bill or ordinance, which shall have been rejected by either House shall be brought in again during the sitting, without leave of the House, and notice of six days being previously given.

21. No person shall be eligible to a seat in the legislature whilst he holds any office of profit or trust under this State, the United States, or either of them, or under any other power—except officers in the militia, army, or navy of this State, justices of the peace, or justices of the county courts, while they receive no salaries ; nor shall any contractor of the army or navy of this State, the United States, or either of them, or the agents of such contractor, be eligible to a seat in either House. And if any member shall accept or exercise any of said disquali fying officers, he shall vacate his seat. 40*

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