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The senate consists of not less than seventeen, nor more than thirty-three members; the house of representatives of not less than fifty-four, nor more than one hundred members.

The general elections are holden every two years, on the first Monday in October, and the general assembly meets biennially, at Little Rock, on the first Monday of November. All general elections are to be viva voce, until otherwise directed by law.

The executive power is vested in a governor, elected by the people once in four years; but he is not eligible for more than eight years in any term of twelve years.

The judicial power is vested in a supreme court of three justices, having appellate jurisdiction only, except in particular cases pointed out by the constitution; in circuit courts, of which there are seven in the state, each held by one judge; in county courts and justices of the peace.

The judges of the supreme and circuit courts are chosen by the general assembly, the former for a term of eight years, the latter for four years. Justices of the peace are elected by the people for a term of two years. Judges of the county courts are chosen by the justices of the peace.

Every white male citizen of the United States, who has been a citizen of the state of Arkansas for six months, is deemed a qualified elector, and entitled to vote at elections. Provided that soldiers and seamen of the army or navy of the United States are not so entitled.

TENNESSEE.

In 1796, the people of Tennessee, by a convention at Knoxville, formed a constitution; and Tennessee was, the same year, admitted into the Union as an independent state. On the third Monday in May, 1834, a convention met at Nashville, for the purpose of revising and amending the constitution; and the constitution, as amended by the convention, was ratified by the people in March, 1835.

The legislative authority is vested in a general assembly, consisting of a senate and house of representatives.

The number of representatives is apportioned among the several counties, according to the number of qualified voters, and cannot exceed seventy-five (the present number), until the population shall be a million and a half, and can never afterward exceed ninety-nine.

The number of senators is apportioned among the several counties according to the number of voters, and cannot exceed one-third of the number of representatives. The present number is twenty-five.

The time for the election of the governor, senators, and representatives, is on the first Thursday in August, once in two years, and the time of the meeting of the general assembly is on the first Monday in October, next ensuing the election, at Nashville.

The supreme executive power is vested in a governor, who is chosen by the people for two years, and is not eligible more than six years in any term of eight.

Every free white man of the age of twenty-one years, being a citizen of the United States, and a citizen of the county wherein he may offer his vote, six months next preceding the day of election, is entitled to vote for civil officers.

The judicial power is vested in one supreme court, and such inferior courts as the legislature may, from time to time, ordain and establish, and in the judges thereof, and in justices of the peace.

The supreme court is composed of three judges, one of whom must reside in each of the three grand divisions of the state. The judges are elected by a joint vote of both houses of the general assembly, those of the supreme court for the term of twelve years, and those of the inferior courts for eight years. Attorneys for the state are elected in the same manner, lor six years.

Ministers of the gospel are not eligible to a seat in either house of the legislature. No person who denies the being of a God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, can hold any civil office. Lotteries are prohibited; and persons who may be concerned in duels are disqualified for holding office in the state.

KENTUCKY.

On the separation of Kentucky from Virginia, in 1790, a constitution was adopted which continued in force till 1799, when a new one was formed instead of it; and this is now in force.

The legislative power is vested in a senate and house of representatives, which together are styled the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The representatives are elected annually, and are apportioned, every four years, among the different counties, according to the number of electors. Their present number is one hundred, which is the highest number that the constitution authorizes; fifty-eight being the lowest.

The senators are elected for four years, one-quarter of them being chosen annually. Their present number is thirty-eight; and they cannot exceed this number, nor fall short of twentyfour.

The executive power is vested in a governor, who is elected for four years, and is ineligible for the succeeding seven years after the expiration of his term of office. At the election of governor, a lieutenant-governor is also chosen, who is speaker of the senate, and on whom the duties of the governor devolve, in case of his absence or removal.

The representatives and one-quarter of the members of the senate are elected annually by the people, on the first Monday in August; the governor is elected by the people, every fourth year, at the same time; and he commences the duties of his office on the fourth Tuesday succeeding the day of the commencement of the election at which he is chosen. The polls are kept open three days; and the votes are given openly, or viva voce, and not by ballot.

The general assembly meets at Frankfort annually, on the first Monday in December.

The constitution grants the right of suffrage to every free male citizen (people of color excepted) who has attained the age of twenty-one years, and has resided in the state two years, or in the county where he offers his vote, one year, next preceding the election.

The judiciary power is vested in a supreme court, styled the court of appeals, and in such inferior courts as the general assembly may, from time to time, erect and establish. The judges of the different courts, and justices of the peace, hold their offices during good behavior.

OHIO. The constitution of this state was formed at Chillicothe,, in November, 1802.

The legislative power is vested in a senate and house of representatives, which together are styled the General Assembly of (he Slate of Ohio.

The representatives are elected annually on the second Tuesday in October; and they are apportioned among the counties according to the number of white male inhabitants above twentyone years of age. Their number cannot be less than thirty-six, nor more than seventy-two.

The senators are chosen for two years, one half being elected annually, and are apportioned according to the number of white male inhabitants of twenty-one years of age. Their number cannot be less than one-third, nor more than one-half of the number of representatives.

The executive power is vested in a governor, who is elected by the people for two years on the second Tuesday in October; and his term of service commences on the first Monday in December.

The general assembly meets annually, at Columbus, on the first Monday in December.

The right of suffrage is granted to all white male inhabitants above the age of twenty-one years, who have resided in the state one year next preceding the election, and who have paid, or are charged with, a state or county tax.

The judicial power is vested in a supreme court, in courts of common pleas for each county, and such other courts as the legislature may from time to time establish. The judges are elected by a joint ballot of both houses of the general assembly, for the term of seven years.

INDIANA.

The constitution was formed by a convention at Corydon, in June, 1816.

The executive power is vested in a governor, who is elected by the people, for a term of three years, and may be once re-elected. At every election of governor, a lieutenant-governor is also chosen, who is president of the senate, and on whom, in case of the death, resignation, or removal of the governor, the powers and duties of governor devolve.

The legislative authority is vested in a General Assembly, consisting of a senate, the members of which are elected for three years, and a house of representatives, elected annually.

The number of representatives can never be less than thirtysix, nor more than one hundred (the present number); and they are apportioned among the several counties according to the number of white male inhabitants above twenty-one years of age. The number of senators (at present 50), who are apportioned in like manner, cannot be less than one-third, nor more than onehalf, of the number of representatives.

The representatives and one-third of the members of the senate are elected annually, on the first Monday in August; and the governor is chosen on the same day, every third year.

The general assembly meets annually, at Indianapolis, on the first Monday in December.

The right of suffrage is granted to all male citizens of the age of twenty-one years or upward, who may have resided in the state one year immediately preceding an election.

The judiciary power is vested in one supreme court, in circuit courts, and in such other inferior courts as the general assembly may establish. The supreme court consists of three judges; and each of the circuit courts consists of a president and two associate judges. The judges are all appointed for the term of seven years. The judges of the supreme court are appointed by the governor, with the consent of the senate; the presidents of the circuit courts, by the legislature; and the associate judges are elected by the people.

ILLINOIS.

The constitution was adopted in convention at Kaskaskia, August, 1818.

The legislative authority is vested in a General Assembly, consisting of a senate, the members of which are elected by districts for four years, and of a house of representatives, elected by districts, biennially.

The number of senators can never be less than one-third, nor more than one-half of the number of representatives.

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