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The proposed constitutional amendment, if approved, would provide for a census in the year 1975 and every tenth year thereafter of the inhabitants of each city and town as a basis for determining the representative, senatorial and councillor districts for the ten year period beginning with the first Wednesday in the fourth January following the taking of the census, provided that the districts as established nased on the 1971 census shall terminate on the first Wednesday in January, 1979. The census shall specify the number of inhabitants residing in each precinct of a town and each precinct and ward of a city.

Under the proposed amendment, the House of Representatives would consist of 160 members, in contrast to the present membership of 240, and the Senate of 40 members. The General Court would, at its first regular session after the year in which the census is taken, divide the Commonwealth into 160 representative districts and 40 senatorial districts of contiguous territory so that each representative and each senator will represent an equal number of inhabitants as near as may be; and such districts shall be formed, as nearly as may be, without uniting two counties 'or parts of two or more counties and,with respect to representative districts, without uniting, as nearly as may be, two towns or parts of two or more towns, two cities or parts of two or more cities, or a city and a town, or parts of cities and towns, into one district, and without dividing any town containing less than 2500 inhabitants. The General Court would be permitted to pass laws to limit the time within which judicial proceeding may be instituted calling in question any such division. The proposed amendment further provides that every representative, for one year at least immediately preceding his election, shall have been an inhabitant of the district for which he is chosen, and every senator shall be an inhabitant of this Commonwealth for five years at least preceding his election and at the time of his election shall be an inhabitant of the district for which he is chosen. Every representative and senator shall cease to represent his district when he shall cease to he an inhabitant of the Commonwealth. The manner of calling and conducting the elections for representatives and for senators and councillors, and of ascertaining their election shall he prescribed by law. The amendment vests original jurisdiction in the Supreme Judicial Court, upon petition of any voter of the Commonwealth, filed with the clerk of said court, for judicial relief relative to the establishment of House of Representatives, councillor and senatorial districts.

1974 Nov 5 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 2 :: 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 August 25, 1971, received 177 votes in the affirmative and 65 in the negative, and in a joint session of the two branches held June 6, 1973 received 166 votes in the affirmative and 93 in the negative?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
13,653
3,818
6,953
17,471
24,424
Precinct 1
 
262
81
156
343
499
Precinct 2
 
256
87
144
343
487
Precinct 3
 
271
91
158
362
520
Precinct 4
 
329
115
160
444
604
Precinct 5
 
287
75
142
362
504
Precinct 1
 
107
41
123
148
271
Precinct 2
 
303
95
179
398
577
Precinct 3
 
182
45
94
227
321
Precinct 4
 
351
108
211
459
670
Precinct 5
 
331
97
182
428
610
Precinct 6
 
225
78
136
303
439
Precinct 1
 
391
96
294
487
781
Precinct 2
 
337
108
200
445
645
Precinct 3
 
413
90
175
503
678
Precinct 4
 
378
123
176
501
677
Precinct 5
 
307
99
150
406
556
Precinct 1
 
373
129
196
502
698
Precinct 2
 
257
91
196
348
544
Precinct 3
 
421
96
223
517
740
Precinct 4
 
459
115
196
574
770
Precinct 5
 
418
95
289
513
802
Precinct 6
 
452
130
222
582
804
Precinct 1
 
332
111
177
443
620
Precinct 2
 
325
111
159
436
595
Precinct 3
 
369
96
157
465
622
Precinct 4
 
413
99
171
512
683
Precinct 5
 
338
91
171
429
600
Precinct 6
 
399
109
170
508
678
Precinct 1
 
421
125
190
546
736
Precinct 2
 
458
117
201
575
776
Precinct 3
 
363
92
164
455
619
Precinct 4
 
412
91
162
503
665
Precinct 5
 
315
72
139
387
526
Precinct 1
 
456
119
187
575
762
Precinct 2
 
421
120
180
541
721
Precinct 3
 
479
111
189
590
779
Precinct 4
 
578
162
333
740
1,073
Precinct 5
 
464
107
201
571
772
Totals
 
13,653
3,818
6,953
17,471
24,424