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New York State Constitution of 1777, Excerpt - Property Ownership and Voting
VII. That every male inhabitant of full age, who shall have personally resided within one of the counties of the State, for six months immediately preceding the day of election, shall at such election, be entitled to vote for representatives of the said county in assembly; if during the time aforesaid, he shall have been a Freeholder, possessing a Freehold of the value of twenty pounds, within the said county, or have rented a tenement therein of the yearly value of forty shillings, and been rated and actually paid taxes to this State: Provided always, that every person who now is a freeman of the city of Albany, or who was made a freeman of the city of New York, on or before the fourteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five, and shall be actually and usually resident in the said cities
respectively, shall be entitled to vote for Representatives in assembly within his said place of residence.
VIII. That every elector before he is admitted to vote, shall, if required by the returning
officer or either of the inspectors, take an oath, or if of all the people called Quakers, an affirmation, of allegiance to the State.
IX. That the assembly thus constituted, shall choose their own Speaker, be judges of their
own members, and enjoy the same privileges and proceed in doing business, in like manner as the assemblies of the colony of New York of right formerly did; and that a majority of the said members, shall, from time to time constitute a House to proceed upon business.
X. And this Convention doth further, in the name and by the authority of the good people of the State, ordain, determine and declare, that the Senate of the State of New York shall consist of twenty-four freeholders, to be chosen out of the body of the freeholders, and that they be
chosen by the freeholders of this State, possessed of freeholds of the value of one hundred pounds, over and above all debts charged thereon.
XI. That the members of the Senate be elected for four years, and immediately after the first election...