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Part Two The Maryland Constitution and Commentary, Art.I Elective Franchise

From: The Maryland State Constitution

Dan Friedman

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 June 2021

The Maryland Constitution of 1776 provided strict restrictions on the elective franchise by requiring prospective voters to demonstrate a sufficient stake in the community by possession of real property in the community in order to vote.1 Because of this restriction, among others, Maryland was considered a very conservative state during the Revolutionary period.2 In 1802, the property qualification on the elective franchise was removed by constitutional amendment, but replaced by a provision that limited the franchise to white men.3 In the 1851 Maryland...
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