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The time and manner in which the sense of the people of the Commonwealth, should be taken on the subject of holding a Convention, are prescribed in the following act. viz:
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR CALLING A CONVENTION WITH LIMI-
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Comwonwealth of Pennsylvania, in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That for the purpose of ascertaining the sense of the citizens of this Commonwealth, on the expediency of calling a Convention of delegates, to be elected by the people, with authority to submit amendments of the State Constitution to a vote of the people, for their ratification or rejection, and with no other or greater powers whatsoever; it shall be the duty of each of the inspectors of votes for the several townships, wards and districts, in this Commonwealth, at the next general election, to receive tickets, either written or printed, from the citizens thereof, qualified to vote at such general election, and to deposite them in a proper box or boxes, to be for that purpose provided by the proper officers, which tickets shall be labelled on the outside with the word “Convention”; and those who are favorable to a Convention, to be elected as aforesaid, with limited powers, as aforesaid, may express their desire by voting, each, one written or printed ticket, or ballot, containing the words “For a Convention, to submit its proceedings to a vote of the people”; and those who are opposed to such Convention, may express their opposition by voting, each, one printed or written ticket, or ballot, containing the words “Against a Convention”; and all tickets containing the words “for a Convention”, and all containing the words “against a Convention”, shall be counted and returned, whether other words be, or be not added.
Sect. 2. The said election shall, in all respects, be conducted as the general elections of this Commonwealth are now conducted, and it shall be the duty of the return judges of the respective counties thereof, first having carefully ascertained the number of votes given for or against calling of a Convention, in the manner aforesaid, to make out duplicate returns thereof, expressed in words, at length, and not in figures, only one of which returns so made out, shall be lodged in the Prothonotary's office of the proper county, and the other sealed and directed to the Speaker of the Senate, which shall be, by one of the said judges, delivered to the Sheriff, with the other returns required by law to be transmitted to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, whose duty it shall be to transmit the same therewith ; and the Speaker of the Senate shall open and publish the same, in the presence of the members of the two Houses of the Legislature, on the second Tuesday of December next.
SECT. 3. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, to transmit a copy of this act to the Commissioners of each county in the State, who, on receipt of the same, shall publish it, at the expense of the county, at least once a week, for six successive weeks, in two or more newspapers, printed in the said county; and the sheriff of each county, in the proclamation to be by him published of the holding of the next gene. ral election, shall give notice, that votes will be given for or against the calling of a Convention as aforesaid.