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The following counties, until they shall have acquired a sufficient population to entitle them to elect separately, under the fourth section of the eleventh article, shall form districts in manner following, to-wit: The counties of Jackson and Vinton, one district; the counties of Lucas and Fulton, one district; the counties of Wyandot and Hardin, one district; the counties of Mercer and Van Wert, one district; the counties of Paulding, Defiance and Williams, one district; the counties of Putnam and Henry, one district; and the counties of Wood and Ottawa, one district; each of which districts shall be entitled to one representative in every session of the decennial period.
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WILLIAM MEDILL, President. Attest: WM. H. Gill, Secretary.
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PROPOSED AMENDMENT FOR ANNUAL SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL
Proposed by joint resolution of the General Assembly, April 3, 1857. Submitted to the electors, October 13, 1857. Total vote cast
332,126 For amendment
151,202 Against amendment
31,890 Not adopted. RESOLVED *1 by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, three-fifths of the members elected to each house concurring therein, that it be and hereby is proposed to the electors of this state to vote on the second Tuesday of October next upon the approval or rejection of the following amendment as a substitute for the twenty-fifth section of the second article of this Constitution, and for the second section of the same article, and for the third section of the eleventh article:
“All regular sessions of the general assembly shall commence on the first Monday of January annually. Senators shall be elected biennially and representatives annually by the electors of their respective counties or districts, on the second Tuesday of October. Their term of office shall commence on the first day of January next after their election and that of senators shall continue two years, and that of representatives one year. The senators elected in October next shall hold their offices for two years, and the representatives elected at the same time shall hold their offices for one year. Provided that seventeen of the senators elected on the second Tuesday of October, 1857, to be ascertained by lot, as the President of the Senate may direct, shall hold their offices for one year, and their successors shall be elected on the second Tuesday of October, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight and biennially thereafter. When any county shall have a fraction above the ratio for representatives so large that being multiplied by ten the result shall be equal to one or more ratios, additional representatives shall be apportioned for such ratios among the several sessions of the decennial period in the following manner: if there be only one ratio, then a representative shall be allotted to the tenth session of the decennial period; if there be two ratios, representatives shall be allotted to the ninth and tenth sessions; if three, to the eighth, ninth, and tenth sessions; if four, to the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth; if five, to the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth; if six, to the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth; if seven, to the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth; if eight, to the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth; if nine, to the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth sessions of the decennial period respectively. In determining the number of senators to which any senatorial district may be entitled in any decennial period, by reason of the fraction of a senatorial ratio, the fraction shall be multiplied by five, and if the result be equal to one senatorial ratio, an additional senator shall be allotted to said district the ninth and tenth sessions; and if it be equal to two such ratios, an additional senator for the seventh,
21 This resolution is not included in the volume of the Laws of Ohio for the the year 1857; it is found in the files of the office of the secretary of state. – ED.