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Governor. There shall also be elected at such election, the successors of such State Senators as were elected at the August election, in the year One thousand eight hundred and fifty-four, and members of the House of Representatives, who shall be elected in accordance with the act of apportionment, enacted at the session of the General Assembly which commenced on the first Monday of December One thousand eight hundred and fifty six.
Sec. 7. The first election for Secretary, Auditor, and Treasurer of State, Attorney General, District Judges, Members of the Board of Education, District Attorneys, members of Congress, and such State officers as shall be elected at the April election, in the year One thousand eight hundred and fifty seven, (except the Superintendent of Public Instruction,) and such county officers as were elected at the August election, in the year One thousand eight hundred and fifty six, except Prosecuting Attorneys, shall be held on the second Tuesday of October, one thousand eight hundred and fiftyeight: Provided, That the time for which any District Judge or other State or County officer elected at the April election in the year One thousand eight hundred and fifty eight, shall not extend beyond the time fixed for filling like offices at the October election in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight.
Sec. 8. The first election for Judges of the Supreme Court, and such County officers as 'shall be elected at the August election, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven, shall be held on the second Tuesday of October, in the year One thousand eight hundred and fifty-nine.
Sec. 9. The first regular session of the General Assembly shall be held in the year One thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight, commencing on the second Monday of January of
Senators elected at the August election, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-six, shall continue in office until the second Tuesday of October, in the year one
thousand eight hundred and fifty-nine, at which time their successors shall be elected as may be prescribed by law.
SEC. II. Every person elected by popular vote, by a vote . of the General Assembly, or who may hold office by executive appointment, which office is continued by this Constitution, and every person who shall be so elected or appointed, to any such office, before the taking effect of this constitution, (except as in this Constitution otherwise provided,) shall continue in office until the term for which such person has been or may be elected or appointed shall expire; but no such person shall continue in office after the taking effect of this Constitution, for a longer period than the term of such office, in this Constitution prescribed. SEC. 12.
The General Assembly, at the first session under this Constitution, shall district the State into eleven Judicial Districts, for District Court purposes; and shall also provide for the apportionment of the members of the General Assembly in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.
SEC. 13. This Constitution shall be submitted to the electors of the State at the August election, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven, in the several election districts in this State. The ballots at such election shall be written or printed as follows: Those in favor of the Constitution, “ New Constitution—Yes.” Those against the Constitution, "New Constitution-No." The election shall be conducted in the same manner as the general elections of the State, and the poll-books shall be returned and canvassed as provided in the twenty-fifth chapter of the code, and abstracts shall be forwarded to the Secretary of State, which abstracts shall be canvassed in the manner provided for the canvass of State officers. And if it shall appear that a majority of all the votes cast at such election for and against this Constitution are in favor of the same, the Governor shall immediately issue his proclamation stating that fact, and such Constitution shall be the Constitution of the State of Iowa, and shall take effect from and after the publication of said proclamation.
At the same election that this Constitution is submitted to the people for its adoption or rejection, a proposition to amend the same by striking out the word “white from the article on the Right of Suffrage, shall be separately submitted to the electors of this State for adoption or rejection in the manner following-Namely: A separate ballot may be given by every person having a right to vote at said election, to be deposited in a separate box; And those given for the adoption of such proposition shall have the words, “ Shall the word "White' be stricken out of the Article on the Right of Suffrage? Yes." And those given against the proposition shall have the words, “Shall the word • White' be stricken out of the Article on the Right of Suffrage? No.” And if at said election the number of ballots cast in favor of said proposition shall be equal to a majority of those cast for and against this Constitution, then said word “ White" shall be stricken from said Article and be no part thereof.
Sec. 15. Until otherwise directed by law, the County of Mills shall be in and a part of the sixth Judicial District of this State. Done in Convention at Iowa City, this fifth day of March in
the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty seven, and of the Independence of the United States of
America, the eighty first.
M. W. Robinson
J. C. Traer
James F. Wilson.
Jno T. Clark
Harvey J. Skiff 1 This proposition was voted down by a large majority.
J. A. Parvin
Aylett R. Cotton
Attest;—TH: J. SAUNDERS, Secretary.
E. N. BATES, Asst. Secretary. -Printed from the original manuscript copy as preserved in the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Iowa.
WHEREAS an instrument known as the “ New Constitution of the State of Iowa” adopted by the constitutional convention of said State on the fifth day of March A. D. 1857 was submitted to the qualified electors of said State at the annual election held on Monday the third day of August 1857 for their approval or rejection.
And whereas an official canvass of the votes cast at said election shows that there were Forty thousand three hundred and eleven votes cast for the adoption of said Constitution and Thirty eight thousand six hundred and eighty one votes were cast against its adoption, leaving a majority of sixteen hundred and thirty votes in favor of its adoption.
Now therefore I, JAMES W. Grimes, Governor of said State, by virtue of the authority conferred upon me, hereby declare the said New Constitution to be adopted, and declare it to be the supreme law of the State of Iowa.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my
tember A. D. 1857 of the Independence of the
JAMES W. GRIMES. By the Governor, ELIJAH SELLS,
Secretary of State. -Printed from Executive Register, No. I., P. 394. Manuscript copy of Register in office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Iowa.
THE VOTE IN AUGUST, 1857, ON THE CONSTITUTION
OF 1857. The following is an abstract of the votes cast in the several counties of the Commonwealth for and against the Constitution of 1857:
17 535 609
57 622 618
248 348 198