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Statewide Constitutional Amendment and Explanation for General Election
- November 6, 2012
web posted October 22, 2012
STATE – There will be one question on the
ballot in the General Election to alter the state's constitution to
allow the Governor and the Lt. Governor to run on the same ticket, not
individually. Under current restrictions, each is elected separately
and elected in their respective races. Below is the question and the
explanations of yes and no votes.
Beginning with the general election of 2018, must Section 8 of Article
IV of the Constitution of this State be amended to provide that the
Lieutenant Governor must be elected jointly with the Governor in a
manner prescribed by law; and upon the joint election to add Section 37
to Article III of the constitution of this State to provide that the
Senate shall elect from among the members thereof a President to
preside over the Senate and to perform other duties as provided by law;
to delete Section 9 and 10 of Article IV of the Constitution of this
State containing inconsistent provisions providing that the Lieutenant
Governor is President of the Senate, ex officio, and while presiding in
the Senate, has no vote, unless the Senate is equally divided; to amend
Section 11 to provide that the Governor shall fill a vacancy in the
Office of Lieutenant Governor by appointing a successor with the advice
and consent of the Senate; and to amend Section 12 of Article IV of the
Constitution of this State to conform appropriate references?
A 'Yes' vote will require, from 2018 onward, the Governor and
Lieutenant Governor to run on the same ticket and be elected to office
jointly. As a result, the Lieutenant Governor will no longer preside
over the Senate and the Senate will elect their presiding officer from
within the Senate body.
A 'No' vote maintains that current method of electing the Governor and
Lieutenant Governor separately. The Lieutenant Governor shall continue
to serve as President of the Senate.
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