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No. 156.

Fourth Reconstruction Act

March 11, 1868

An Act to amend the Act . . . [of March 23, 1867] . . .

Be it enacted . . . , That hereafter any election authorized by the act [of March 23,1867] . . . , shall be decided by a majority of the votes actually cast; and at the election in which the question of the adoption or rejection of any constitution is submitted, any person duly registered in the State may vote in the election district where he offers to vote when he has resided therein for ten days next preceding such election, upon presentation of his certificate of registration, his affidavit, or other satisfactory evidence, under such regulations as the district commanders may prescribe.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the constitutional convention of any of the States mentioned in the acts to which this is amendatory may provide that at the time of voting upon the ratification of the constitution the registered voters may vote also for members of the House of Representatives of the United States, and for all elective officers provided for by the said constitution; and the same election officers who shall make the return of the votes cast on the ratification or rejection of the constitution, shall enumerate and certify the votes cast for members of Congress.


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Chicago: "Fourth Reconstruction Act," U.S. Statutes at Large in Documentary Source Book of American History, 1606-1913, ed. William MacDonald (1863-1938) (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916), 530. Original Sources, accessed December 6, 2022, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=2GBPDNBHSZH4TUW.

MLA: . "Fourth Reconstruction Act." U.S. Statutes at Large, Vol. XV, in Documentary Source Book of American History, 1606-1913, edited by William MacDonald (1863-1938), New York, The Macmillan Company, 1916, page 530. Original Sources. 6 Dec. 2022. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=2GBPDNBHSZH4TUW.

Harvard: , 'Fourth Reconstruction Act' in U.S. Statutes at Large. cited in 1916, Documentary Source Book of American History, 1606-1913, ed. , The Macmillan Company, New York, pp.530. Original Sources, retrieved 6 December 2022, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=2GBPDNBHSZH4TUW.