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Constitution of the State of Texas (1876)

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ARTICLE XVII.
Mode of Amending the Constitution of this State.

SECTION 1. The Legislature, at any biennial session, by a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected in each House, to be entered by yeas and nays on the journals, may propose amendments to the Constitution, to be voted upon by the qualified electors for members of the Legislature, which proposed amendments shall be duly published once a week for four weeks, commencing at least three months before an election, the time of which shall be specified by the Legislature, in one weekly newspaper of each county, in which such a newspaper may be published; and it shall be the duty of the several returning officers of said election, to open a poll for, and make returns to the secretary of state, of the number of legal votes cast at said election for and against said amendments; and if more than one be proposed, then the number of votes cast for and against each of them; and if it shall appear from said return, that a majority of the votes cast have been cast in favor of any amendment, the said amendment so receiving a majority of the votes cast, shall become a part of this Constitution, and proclamation shall be made by the governor thereof.


Done by the delegates of the people of Texas, in Convention assembled, in the city of Austin, on this, the twenty-fourth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five.

In testimony whereof we hereunto subscribe our names:

EDWARD B. PICKETT,
President of the Convention.

LEIGH CHALMERS,
Secretary of the Convention

NICHOLAS H. DARNELL, of Tarrant Co.
JOEL W. ROBINSON, of Fayette Co.
BENNETT BLAKE, of Nacogdoches Co.
BRUCKNER ABERNATHY, of Camp Co.
D. ABNER, of Harrison Co.
THOS. G. ALLISON, of Panola Co.
JULIUS E. ARNIM, of Lavaca Co.
W. P. BALLINGER, of Galveston Co.
JO. W. BARNETT, of Parker Co.
WM. BLASSINGAME, of Grayson Co.
E. W. BRADY, of Grimes Co.
JOHN HENRY BROWN, of Dallas Co.
H. C. BRUCE, of Johnson Co.
ED. BURLESON, of Hays Co.
EDWARD CHAMBERS, of Collin Co.
HENRY CLINE, of Harris Co.
WM. D. S. COOK, of Gonzales Co.
G. B. COOKE, of San Saba Co.
W. L. CRAWFORD, of Marion Co.
B. H. DAVIS, of Brazos Co.
BURRILL B. DAVIS, of Wharton Co.
WILLIAM W. DILLARD, of Bowie Co.
E. L. DOHONEY, of Lamar Co.
J. W. FERRIS, of Ellis Co.
JOSEPH P. DOUGLAS, of Cherokee Co.
J. R. FLEMING, of Comanche Co.
GEORGE FLOURNOY, of Galveston Co.
JOHN S. FORD, of Cameron Co.
JAMES C. GAITHER, of Falls Co.
JAMES L. GERMAN, of Fannin Co.
A. C. GRAVES, of Coryell Co.
JAS. E. HAYNES, of Caldwell Co.
JOHN R. HENRY, of Limestone Co.
JOHN L. HENRY, of Smith Co.
WM C. HOLMES, of Grayson Co.
ASA HOLT, of Van Zandt Co.
JOHN JOHNSON, of Collin Co.
J. F. JOHNSON, of Franklin Co.
C. B. KILGORE, of Gregg Co.
SAM'L B. KILLOUGH, of Robertson Co.
HENRY C. KING, of Kendall Co.
ROBT. LACY, of Leon Co.
THOS. J. LOCKETT, of Washington Co.
FRANK J. LYNCH, of DeWitt Co.
L. H. MCCABE, of Fort Bend Co.
GEORGE MCCORMICK, of Colorado Co.
S. A. MCKENNEY, of Denton Co.
ANDREW T. MCKINNEY, of Walker Co.
W. P. MCLEAN, of Titus Co.
MARION MARTIN, of Navarro Co.
B. D. MARTIN, of Hunt Co.
L. W. MOORE, of Fayette Co.
J. R. MORRIS, of Harris Co.
J. B. MURPHY, of Nueces Co.
LIPSCOMB NORVELL, of Jasper Co.
THOMAS L. NUGENT, of Erath Co.
D. A. NUNN, of Houston Co.
WM. NEAL RAMEY, of Shelby Co.
JOHN H. REAGAN, of Anderson Co.
ROB'T B. RENTFRO, of Montgomery Co.
E. STERLING C. ROBERTSON, of Bell Co.
W. REYNOLDS, of Waller Co.
L. S. ROSS, of McLennan Co.
WEBSTER FLANAGAN, of Rusk Co.
S. H. RUSSELL, of Harrison Co.
JONATHAN RUSSELL, of Wood Co.
RICHARD SANSOM, of Williamson Co.
PRESTON R. SCOTT, of Cass Co.
G. A. SESSIONS, of Freestone Co.
C. R. SMITH, of Milam Co.
ISRAEL SPIKES, of Kaufman Co.
WM. H. STEWART, of Galveston Co.
FLETCHER S. STOCKDALE, of Calhoun Co.
H. W. WADE, of Hunt Co.
W. T. G. WEAVER, of Cook Co.
C. S. WEST, of Travis Co.
W. W. WHITEHEAD, of Tyler Co.
JOHN W. WHITFIELD, of Lavaca Co.
W. B. WRIGHT, of Lamar Co.
CHAS. DEMORSE, of Red River Co.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
AUSTIN, TEXAS.

I, A. W. DEBERRY, Secretary of State for the State of Texas, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing pages contain, and are true and correct copies of all the articles of the proposed Constitution of the State of Texas, as enrolled and now on file in the Department of State.

[L.S.]

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and affixed the Seal of the Department of State, at the city of Austin, this, the 26th day of November, A. D. 1875.

A. W. DEBERRY,
Secretary of State.