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The proposed amendment to the Constitution amends the existing constitutional provisions which direct the divisions of the Commonwealth into 240 representative districts and 40 senatorial districts. It provides for a census of the inhabitants of each city and town in the Commonwealth in the year 1971 and in every tenth year thereafter. The census in 1971 is to be the basis for determining the representative and senatorial districts for the ten-year period beginning January 1, 1975. Each subsequent census shall be the basis for determining the districts for each ten-year period beginning the fourth January following each census, so that the census in 1981 will determine the districts as of January, 1985, etc.

The amendment provides that the house of representatives shall consist of two hundred and forty members and the senate of forty members. In its first regular session following each census, the Legislature shall divide the Commonwealth into two hundred and forty representative districts of contiguous territory and forty senatorial districts also of contiguous territory. Each representatives district shall contain, as nearly as may be, an equal number of inhabitants according to the census. A representative district shall not unite two or more counties, towns, or cities, or parts thereof, or a city and a town, or parts thereof, in one district unless the same is unavoidable. Further, no town of less than six thousand inhabitants shall be divided in forming representative districts. It is also provided that the County of Dukes and Nantucket County shall each be a representative district, not withstanding the foregoing.

The senatorial districts, each of which shall elect one Senator, shall be formed without uniting two counties or parts of two or more counties, unless the same is unavoidable.

Each representative shall be an inhabitant of the district for which he is chosen at least one year immediately preceding his election, and each senator shall be an inhabitant of the district for which he is chosen at the time of his election and shall have been an inhabitant of the Commonwealth for at least five years immediately preceding his election. Any representative or senator who ceases to be an inhabitant of the Commonwealth shall cease to represent his district.

The amendment also provides that the Legislature (1) may by law limit the time within which judicial proceedings may be instituted calling in question any such division and (2) shall prescribe by law the manner of calling and conducting elections for the choice of representatives and of ascertaining their election.

Finally, the amendment annuls the existing constitutional provisions with respect to apportionment of representative and senatorial districts although those provisions will remain in effect until January 1, 1975.

1970 Nov 3 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 4 :: 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 15, 1968, received 181 votes in the affirmative and 66 in the negative, and in a joint session of the two branches held May 15, 1969, recieved 208 votes in the affirmative and 54 in the negative?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
12,033
7,193
10,982
19,226
30,208
Precinct 1
 
273
151
253
424
677
Precinct 2
 
227
167
261
394
655
Precinct 3
 
255
150
224
405
629
Precinct 4
 
293
171
275
464
739
Precinct 5
 
236
142
234
378
612
Precinct 1
 
111
60
168
171
339
Precinct 2
 
278
151
276
429
705
Precinct 3
 
178
105
182
283
465
Precinct 4
 
270
174
305
444
749
Precinct 5
 
302
165
257
467
724
Precinct 6
 
241
145
226
386
612
Precinct 1
 
362
179
411
541
952
Precinct 2
 
267
161
227
428
655
Precinct 3
 
337
216
299
553
852
Precinct 4
 
373
197
285
570
855
Precinct 5
 
328
168
225
496
721
Precinct 1
 
361
211
353
572
925
Precinct 2
 
248
131
318
379
697
Precinct 3
 
377
241
312
618
930
Precinct 4
 
388
247
319
635
954
Precinct 5
 
332
230
469
562
1,031
Precinct 6
 
384
230
385
614
999
Precinct 1
 
323
185
303
508
811
Precinct 2
 
280
176
269
456
725
Precinct 3
 
333
214
259
547
806
Precinct 4
 
396
210
263
606
869
Precinct 5
 
273
143
280
416
696
Precinct 6
 
390
192
268
582
850
Precinct 1
 
390
229
286
619
905
Precinct 2
 
384
223
322
607
929
Precinct 3
 
293
202
273
495
768
Precinct 4
 
344
196
255
540
795
Precinct 5
 
287
172
240
459
699
Precinct 1
 
356
232
356
588
944
Precinct 2
 
314
222
268
536
804
Precinct 3
 
384
248
278
632
910
Precinct 4
 
471
279
459
750
1,209
Precinct 5
 
394
278
339
672
1,011
Totals
 
12,033
7,193
10,982
19,226
30,208