No person shall hold any civil office unless that person be a qualified elector for such office. Article IX, Section 1, of the 1843 constitution, on which this section is based, read: “No person shall be eligible to any civil office (except the office of school committee) unless he be a qualified elector for such office.” The framers of the 1843 document included this curious exception to allow women to serve on local school committees. When women were accorded full status as electors in August 1920 by the Nineteenth Amendment to the federal Constitution, the...
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