By Susan Marshall
This paintings presents a basic historical past of the advance of the recent Hampshire kingdom structure, starting with the nation's first written kingdom structure in 1776. The 1776 structure used to be changed by way of the structure of 1784, which, even after one hundred forty four amendments in over two hundred years, nonetheless keeps a similar uncomplicated type of govt and plenty of articles within the invoice of Rights. This booklet provides the total textual content of every article's improvement. every one research contains a description of amendments to the textual content and references to circumstances determined via the recent Hampshire ideal courtroom.
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The draft also removed any limits on the size of the house, a decision which had far-reaching consequences into the second half of the twentieth century. Only male inhabitants aged 21 and over who paid for themselves a poll tax had the right to vote. This third draft of the convention of 1781 did receive the required two-thirds approval of the voters and took effect June 2, 1784. This was hardly too soon, as the one-year extension of the temporary constitution was about to expire. Thus, between 1779 and 1783, two separately elected constitutional conventions presented a total of four constitutional drafts to the people.
The literacy requirement in Part 1, Article 11, dating from 1902, was not removed until 1968. The constitution required that a voter or office holder be able to read the constitution in the English language and write his name, with certain exceptions related to age or disability. Payment of taxes was tied to the right to vote until 1968 for paupers and persons excused from taxes at their own request, and until 1976 for inhabitants of unincorporated places who had voted not to assess local taxes on themselves.
The 1784 constitution made no provision for future amendments, beyond the convention required after the initial seven-year period. The federal constitution had taken effect after the 1784 constitution and made several provisions of the 1784 constitution outdated or confusing. For example, the New Hampshire Constitution of 1784 still required the legislature, and not the people, to elect delegates to United States Congress. The federal constitution had adopted the title of "president" for the national chief executive, so it was somewhat confusing to have the state's chief executive bear the same title.