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has not made any promise to influence the giving or withholding of any such vote, nor made or become directly or indirectly interested in any bet or wager depending upon the result of such election. The legislature, at the session thereof next after the adoption of this section, shall, and froin time to time thereafter may, enact laws excluding from the right of suffrage all persons convicted of bribery or of any infamous crime. $ 2, art. 2, State Constitution, as amended in 1874.

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Voting, residence for purpose.

Sec. 5. For the purpose of voting, no person shall be Voting, deemed to have gained or lost a residence, by reason of for pur his presence or absence, while employed in the service of the United States; nor while engaged in the navigation of the waters of this State, or of the United States, or of the high seas; nor while a student of any seminary of learning ; nor while kept at any alms-house, or other asylum, at public expense; nor while confined in any public prison. $ 3, art. 2, State Constitution. Voters to be ascertained.

Sec. 6. Laws shall be made for ascertaining, by proper Voters to proofs, the citizens who shall be entitled to the right of tained. suffrage hereby established. $ 4, art. 2, State Constitution. Ballot.

Sec. 7. All elections by the citizens shall be by ballot, Ballot. except for such town officers as may by law be directed to be otherwise chosen. § 3, art. 2, State Constitution.

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Repeal.

SEC. 8. The first and second sections of the first title, Repeal. and the first section of the third title, and the twentyfirst section of the fourth title of the act entitled “ An act respecting elections other than for militia and town officers,” passed April 5, 1842, are hereby repealed. $1, ch. 240, 1847.

Disability.

Sec. 9. No person who shall have been convicted of Disability. an infamous crime, deemed by the laws of this State a

felony, at any time previous to an election, shall be per-
mitted to vote thereat, unless he shall have been par-
doned before or after his term of imprisonment has ex-
pired, and restored by pardon to all the rights of a citi-
zen. § 3, tit. 1, ch. 130, 1842, entitled An Act re-
specting elections other than for militia and town
officers,passed April 5, 1842.
Disabilities.

SEC. 10. No person shall be permitted to vote at any election who previous thereto shall have been convicted of bribery or of any infamous crime, unless he shall have been pardoned and restored to all the rights of a citizen, or who shall make any bet or wager, or be directly or indirectly interested in any bet or wager depending upon the result of any election, at which such person may offer to vote. $15, ch. 240, 1847.

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tion twenty-three (original number) of title seven, chapter first of part fourth of the Revised Statutes, and the prohibition to vote at any election contained in section fifteen of chapter two hundred and forty of the Laws of eighteen hundred and forty-seven (sec. 10 above), shall not apply to a person heretofore convicted, or hereafter to be convicted of felony, or of any infamous crime, and in consequence thereof committed to one of the houses of refuge or other reformatories organized under the laws of this State. Ch. 113, 1872, entitled An act to relieve juvenile delinquents from certain disqualifications."

Privileges of electors. Privileges SEC. 12. Whenever an election shall be held in any

city or town, pursuant to this chapter, no declaration by which a suit shall be commenced, or any civil process, or proceeding in the nature of civil process, shall be served on any elector entitled to vote in such city or town, on the day on which such election shall be held. § 4, tit. 1, ch. 130, 1842.

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Courts to be closed

Courts to be closed on election day.

SEC. 13. No court shall be opened, or transact any

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business, in any city or town, on the day such election on election shall be held therein, unless it be for the purpose of receiving a verdict or discharging a jury, and every adjournment of a court in such city or town, on the day next preceding the day any such election shall be held therein, shall always be to some other day than the day of such election, except such adjournment as may be made after a cause has been committed to a jury. But this section shall not prevent the exercise of the jurisdiction of any single magistrate, when it shall be necessary in criminal cases to preserve the peace, or to arrest offenders. $ 5, tit. 1, ch. 130, 1842, as amended by § 2, ch. 240, 1847.

meetings.

Town meetings.

SEO. 14. This title shall apply to all town meetings Town held in the several towns of this State, as well as to the elections named and provided for in this act. § 6, tit. 1, ch. 130, 1842, as added by ch. 354, 1878.

TITLE II.

OF GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS; THE TIME AND PUR

POSE OF HOLDING THEM; AND THE PERSONS BY WHOM

HELD.

Legislative power.

Sec. 15. The legislative power of this State shall be Legislative vested in a senáte and assembly. $1, art. 3, State Con-Powe stitution. Members of legislature, who eligible.

Sec. 16. No person shall be eligible to the legislature, Members who, at the time of his election, is, or within one hun-ture, who dred days previous thereto has been, a member of congress, a civil or military officer under the United States, or an officer under any city government; and if any person shall, after his election as a member of the legislature, be elected to congress, or appointed to any office, civil or military, under the government of the United States, or

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under any city government, his acceptance thereof shall vacate his seat. § 8, art. 3, State Constitution, as amended in 1874.

Members of legislature, time for electing. Members Sec. 17. The elections of senators and members of asture, tima sembly, pursuant to the provisions of this constitution,

shall be held on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday of November unless otherwise directed by the legislature. § 9, art. 3, State Constitution.

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Senate.

Senate.

Sec. 18. The senate shall consist of thirty-two members, and the senators shall be chosen for two years. Part of $ 2, art. 3, State Constitution.

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Senate districts, number of. Senate dis- Sec. 19. The State shall be divided into thirty-two number of. districts, to be called senate districts, each of which shall

choose one senator. The districts shall be numbered from one to thirty-two inclusive. Part of $ 3, art. 3, State Constitution.

Census.

Census.

SEC. 20. An enumeration of the inhabitants of the State shall be taken under the direction of the legislature in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, and at the end of every ten years thereafter; and the said districts shall be so altered by the legislature at the first session after the return of every enumeration, that each senate district shall contain, as nearly as may be, an equal number of inhabitants, excluding aliens and persons of color not taxed; and shall renain unaltered until the return of another enumeration, and shall at all times consist of contiguous territory, and no county shall be divided in the formation of a senate district, except such county shall be equitably entitled to two or more senators. § 4, art. 3, State Constitution.

Senate districts.

Senate districts.

SEC. 21. The senate districts of this State, from and after the passage of this act, shall consist as follows:

First. The first senate district shall consist of the counties of Queens and Suffolk.

Second. The second senate district shall consist of the first, second, fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, tenth, twelfth and twenty-second wards of the city of Brooklyn, and the towns of Flatbush, Gravesend and New Utrecht, county of Kings.

Third. The third senate district shall consist of the third, fourth, seventh, eleventh, thirteenth, nineteenth, twentieth, twenty-first and twenty-third wards of the city of Brooklyn.

Fourth. The fourth senate district shall consist of the fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth wards of the city of Brooklyn, and the towns of New Lots and Flatlands.

Fifth. The fifth senate district shall consist of the county of Richmond and the present first, second, third, fifth, sixth, eighth and fourteenth wards of the city of New York, all that portion of the fourth ward of said city that lies within Roosevelt street, Chatham street, Park row, Spruce street, Gold street, Ferry street, Peck slip and East river, all that portion of the ninth ward of said city that lies within Houston street, Hancock street, Bleecker street, Leroy street and North river, Governors' Island, Bedloe's Island, and Ellis' Island..

Sixth. The sixth senate district shall consist of the seventh, eleventh and thirteenth wards of the city of New York, and all that portion of the fourth ward of said city that lies within Catharine street, Chatham street, Roosevelt street and East river.

Seventh. The seventh senate district shall consist of the tenth and seventeenth wards of the city of New York, all that portion of the fifteenth ward of said city that lies east of Broadway, and all that portion of the eighteenth and twenty-first wards of said city that lies within Fourteenth street, Thirtieth street, Third avenue and Broadway.

Eighth. The eighth senate district shall consist of the sixteenth ward of the city of New York, all that portion of the ninth ward of said city that lies within Leroy

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