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The proposed amendment of the Constitution defines the circumstances in which a Governor's inability to perform his functions shall cause his office to become vacant, and it establishes a procedure for making the necessary determinations. The office will become vacant following a declaration of disability by the Governor himself or by the Chief Justice and a majority of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, or such other body as the Legislature may provide. The vacancy will terminate four days after the Governor declares that no disability exists, unless (1) within that period the Chief Justice and majority of the Associate Justices, or such either body provided by the Legislature, by two-thirds of each branch present and voting, then determines the issue contrary to the Governor's declaration.

The same procedure will also apply to a Lieutenant Governor who in the case of a vacancy is performing the Governor's duties.

The proposed amendment also requires the election of a Governor for the unexpired balance of the four-year term if a vacancy in the office of Governor as described in the proposed amendment continues for a six month period expiring more than five months prior to a biennial state election other than an election for Governor.

1968 Nov 5 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 3 :: Constitutional AmendmentDo you approve of the adoption of an amendment to the constitution summarized below which was approved by the General Court in a joint session of the two branches held July 20, 1966, received 225 votes in the affirmative and 1 in the negative, and in a joint session of the two branches held June 25, 1967, received 210 votes in the affirmative and 2 in the negative?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
17,562
7,453
10,456
25,015
35,471
Precinct 1
 
388
158
241
546
787
Precinct 2
 
356
169
254
525
779
Precinct 3
 
336
175
223
511
734
Precinct 4
 
456
168
271
624
895
Precinct 5
 
330
122
234
452
686
Precinct 1
 
135
71
187
206
393
Precinct 2
 
402
173
240
575
815
Precinct 3
 
283
95
163
378
541
Precinct 4
 
408
202
303
610
913
Precinct 5
 
430
217
249
647
896
Precinct 6
 
349
132
205
481
686
Precinct 1
 
474
196
397
670
1,067
Precinct 2
 
419
170
231
589
820
Precinct 3
 
531
193
286
724
1,010
Precinct 4
 
519
186
262
705
967
Precinct 5
 
435
171
235
606
841
Precinct 1
 
512
225
328
737
1,065
Precinct 2
 
320
130
317
450
767
Precinct 3
 
508
247
302
755
1,057
Precinct 4
 
581
249
348
830
1,178
Precinct 5
 
536
230
431
766
1,197
Precinct 6
 
612
236
359
848
1,207
Precinct 1
 
437
182
281
619
900
Precinct 2
 
440
277
173
717
890
Precinct 3
 
444
232
256
676
932
Precinct 4
 
535
221
246
756
1,002
Precinct 5
 
406
186
266
592
858
Precinct 6
 
478
209
302
687
989
Precinct 1
 
537
240
281
777
1,058
Precinct 2
 
550
243
291
793
1,084
Precinct 3
 
440
191
259
631
890
Precinct 4
 
512
196
236
708
944
Precinct 5
 
450
184
252
634
886
Precinct 1
 
560
236
287
796
1,083
Precinct 2
 
571
183
296
754
1,050
Precinct 3
 
617
253
262
870
1,132
Precinct 4
 
652
223
372
875
1,247
Precinct 5
 
613
282
330
895
1,225
Totals
 
17,562
7,453
10,456
25,015
35,471