05-R 340

2005 -- S 0458 AS AMENDED

Enacted 06/28/05

J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N

TO APPROVE AND PUBLISH AND TO SUBMIT TO THE ELECTORS A PROPOSITION OF AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION (ELECTIONS)

         

     Introduced By: Senators Metts, Pichardo, C. Levesque, and Perry

     Date Introduced: February 10, 2005

     

     RESOLVED, That a majority of all members elected to each house of the general

assembly voting therefore, the following amendment to the Constitution of the state be proposed

to the qualified electors of the state in accordance with the provisions of Article XIV of the

Constitution for their approval and that it take the place of Article II, Section 1 which is hereby

amended to read as follows:

     SECTION 1. Persons entitled to vote. Every citizen of the United State of the age of

eighteen years or over who has had residence and home in this state for thirty days next preceding

the time of voting, who has resided thirty days in the town or city from which such citizen desires

to vote, and whose name shall be registered at least thirty days next preceding the time of voting

as provided by law, shall have the right to vote for all offices to be elected and on all questions

submitted to the electors, except that no person who has been lawfully adjudicated to be non

compos mentis shall be permitted to vote. No felon person who is incarcerated in a correctional

facility upon a felony conviction shall be permitted to vote until completion of such felon's

sentence, served or suspended, and of parole or probation regardless of a nolo contendere plea.

person is discharged from the facility. Upon such completion discharge, such person's right to

vote shall be restored. The general assembly may provide by law for shorter state and local

residence requirements to vote for electors for president and vice president of the United States.

     RESOLVED, That this amendment shall take, in the Constitution of the state, the place of

Section 1, Article II of the Constitution;

     It is further

     RESOLVED, That the said proposition of amendment shall be submitted to the electors

for their approval or rejection at the next statewide general election. The voting places in the

several cities and towns shall be kept open during the hours required by law for voting therein for

general officers of the state; and be further

     RESOLVED, That the secretary of state shall cause the said proposition of amendment to

be published as a part of the resolution in the newspapers of the state prior to the date of the said

meetings of the said electors; and the said proposition shall be inserted in the warrants or notices

to be issued previous to said meetings of the electors for the purpose of warning the town, ward,

or district meetings, and said proposition shall be read by the town, ward, or district meetings to

be held as aforesaid; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the town, ward, and district meetings to be held as aforesaid shall be

warned, and the list of voters shall be canvassed and made up, and the said town, ward, and

district meetings shall be conducted in the same manner as now provided by law for the town,

ward, and district meetings for the elections of general officers of the state.      

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LC01373

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