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Majority vote of electors voting makes amendinent valid.
Revision of constitution.
ner to be provided by law, that a majority of all the electors voting at said election shall have voted for and ratified such alterations or amendments, the same shall be valid to all intents and purposes as a part of this Constitution. If two or more alterations or amendments shall be submitted at the same time, it shall be so regulated that the voters shall vote for or against each separately.
Whenever two-thirds of the members elected to each branch of the legislature shall think it necessary to call a convention to revise this Constitution, they shall recommend to the electors to vote at the next general election for members of the legislature, for or against a convention; and is a majority of all the electors voting at said election shall have voted for a convention, the legislature shall, at their next session, provide by law for calling the same. The convention shall consist of as many members as the House of Representatives, who shall be chosen in the same manner, and shall meet within three months after their election for the purpose aforesaid.
Seat of government.
SECTION I. The seat of government of the State shall be at the city of St. Paul, but the legislature, at their first or any future session, may provide by law for a change of the seat of government by a vote of the people, or may locate the same upon the land granted by Congress for a seat of government to the State; and in the event of the seat of government being removed from the city of St. Paul to any other place in the State, the capitol building and grounds shall be dedicated to an institution for the promotion of science, literature and the arts, to be organized by the legislature of the State, and of which institution the Minnesota Historical Society shall always be a department.
Sec. 2. Persons residing on Indian lands within the State shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of citizens, as though they lived in any other portion of the State, and shall be subject to taxation.
Sec. 3. The legislature shall provide for a uniform oath or affirmation to be administered at elections, and no person shall be compelled to take any other or different form of oath to entitle him to vote.
Sec. 4. There shall be a seal of the State, which shall be kept by the secretary of state, and be used by him officially, and shall be called the great seal of the State of Minnesota, and shall be attached to all the official acts of the governor (his signature to acts and resolves of the legislature excepted) re
Uniform oath at elections.
quiring authentication. The legislature shall provide for an appropriate device and motto for said seal.
Sec. 5. The territorial prison, as located under existing State prison laws, shall, after the adoption of this Constitution, be and re- location. main one of the state prisons of the State of Minnesota.
Section 1. That no inconvenience may arise by reason of Territorial a change from a territorial to a permanent state of government, change to it is declared that all rights, actions, prosecutions, judgments,
ization. claims and contracts, as well of individuals as of bodies corporate, shall continue as if no change had taken place; and all process which may be issued under the authority of the Territory of Minnesota previous to its admission into the Union of the United States shall be as valid as if issued in the name of the State. SEC. 2. All laws now in force in the Territory of Minnesota Territorial
laws not not repugnant to this Constitution shall remain in force until
repugnant to they expire by their own limitation, or be altered or repealed
to be in by the legislature.
force. Sec. 3. All fines, penalties or forfeitures accruing to the Territory of Minnesota shall inure to the State.
Sec. 4. All recognizances heretofore taken, or which may Civil rights be taken before the change from a territorial to a permanent territorial state government shall remain valid, and shall pass to and may government be prosecuted in the name of the State; and all bonds executed the change to the governor of the Territory, or to any other officer or court
government. in his or their official capacity, shall pass to the governor or state authority and their successors in office, for the uses therein respectively expressed, and may be sued for and recovered accordingly; and all the estate of property, real, personal or mixed, and all judgments, bonds, specialties, choses in action, and claims and debts, of whatsoever description, of the Territory of Minnesota, shall inure to and vest in the State of Minnesota, and may be sued for and recovered in the same manner and to the same extent by the State of Minnesota as the same could have been by the Territory of Minnesota. All criminal prosecutions and penal actions which may have arisen, or which may arise before the change from a territorial to a state government, and which shall then be pending, shall be prosecuted to judgment and execution in the name of the State. All ofsenses committed against the laws of the Territory of Minnesota, before the change from a territorial to a state government, and which shall not be prosecuted before such change, may be prosecuted in the name and by the authority of the State of Minnesota with like effect as though such change had not taken
Territorial officers continued until superseded.
First session of State legislature.
Constitution submitted to a vote of the people.
place, and all penalties incurred shall remain the same as if this Constitution had not been adopted. All actions at law and suits in equity which may be pending in any of the courts of the Territory of Minnesota, at the time of a change from a territorial to a state government, may be continued and transferred to any court of the State which shall have jurisdiction of the subject matter thereof.
Sec. 5. All territorial officers, civil or military, now holding their offices under the authority of the United States, or of the Territory of Minnesota shall continue to hold and exercise their respective offices until they shall be superseded by the authority of the State.
Sec. 6. The first session of the legislature of the State of Minnesota shall commence on the first Wednesday of December next, and shall be held at the capitol, in the city of St. Paul.
Sec. 7. The laws regulating the election and qualification of all district, county and precinct officers shall continue and be in force until the legislature shall otherwise provide by law.
Sec. 8. The president of this convention shall, immediately after the adjournment thereof, cause this Constitution to be deposited in the office of the governor of the Territory; and if, after the submission of the same to a vote of the people, as hereinafter provided, it shall appear that it has been adopted by a vote of the people of the State, then the governor shall forward a certified copy of the same, together with an abstract of the votes polled for and against the said Constitution, to the president of the United States, to be by him laid before the Congress of the United States.
SEC. 9. For the purposes of the first election, the State shall constitute one district, and shall elect three members to the House of Representatives of the United States.
Sec. 10. For the purposes of the first election for members of the State Senate and House of Representatives, the State shall be divided into senatorial and representative districts, as follows, viz: First district, Washington county; Second district, Ramsey county; Third district, Dakota county; Fourth district, so much of Hennepin county as lies west of the Mississippi; Fifth district, Rice county; Sixth district, Goodhue county; Seventh district, Scott county; Eighth district, Olmsted county; Ninth district, Fillmore county; Tenth district, Houston county; Eleventh district, Winona county; Twelfth district, Wabasha county; Thirteenth district, Mower and Dodge counties; Fourteenth district, Freeborn and Faribault counties; Fifteenth district, Steele and Waseca counties; Sixteenth district, Blue Earth and Le Sueur counties; Seventeenth district, Nicollet and Brown counties; Eighteenth district, Sibley, Renville and McLeod counties; Nineteenth district, Carver and Wright
Representation to congress.
First apportion ment into legislative districts.
counties; Twentieth district, Benton, Stearns and Meeker coun-
SEC. II. The counties of Brown, Stearns, Todd, Cass, Pem-
Sec. 12. The senators and representatives at the first elec- Apportion-
resentative districts as follows, to wit:
SEC. 13. The returns from the Twenty-second district shall be made to and canvassed by the judges of election at the precinct of Otter Tail City.
Sec. 14. Until the legislature shall otherwise provide, the State shall be divided into judicial districts as follows, viz:
The counties of Washington, Chisago, Manomin, Anoka, Isanti, Pine, Buchanan, Carlton, St. Louis and Lake shall constitute the First judicial district.
The county of Ramsey shall constitute the Second judicial district.
The counties of Houston, Winona, Fillmore, Olmsted and Wabasha shall constitute the Third judicial district.
The counties of Hennepin, Carver, Wright, Meeker, Sherburne, Benton, Stearns, Morrison, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Itasca, Pembina, Todd and Cass shall constitute the Fourth judicial district.
The counties of Dakota, Goodhue, Scott, Rice, Steele, Waseca, Dodge, Mower and Freeborn shall constitute the Frith judicial district.
The counties of Le Sueur, Sibley, Nicollet, Blue Earth, Faribault, McLeod, Renville, Brown, and all other counties in the State not included within the other districts, shall constitute the Sixth judicial district.
SEC. 15. Each of the foregoing enumerated judicial districts may, at the first election, elect one prosecuting attorney for the district.
Sec. 16. Upon the second Tuesday, the thirteenth day of October, 1857, an election shall be held for members of the House of Representatives of the United States, governor, lieutenant governor, supreme and district judges, members of the legislature, and all other officers designated in this Constitution, and also for the submission of this Constitution to the people, for their adoption or rejection.
SEC. 17. Upon the day so designated as aforesaid every free white male inhabitant over the age of twenty-one years, who shall have resided within the limits of the State for ten days previous to the day of said election, may vote for all officers to be elected under this Constitution at such election, and also for or against the adoption of this Constitution.
Sec. 18. In voting for or against the adoption of this Constitution, the words, “For Constitution,” or “Against Constitution,” may be written or printed on the ticket of each voter, but no voter shall vote for or against this Constitution, on a separate ballot from that cast by him for officers to be elected at said election under this Constitution; and if upon the canvass of the vote so polled it shall appear that there was a greater number of votes polled for than against said Constitution, then this
First State election.
Voters at the first election.
Vote on the constitution.