Scanned Images of 1857 Constitution: Bill of Rights—Separate Issues

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The following sections were voted on as separate issues in the November 9, 1857 special election that included a vote on the Oregon Constitution. The "Echoes of Oregon" Web exhibit includes an image of a Polk County abstract of votes documenting the election.

Section 34. Slavery or involuntary servitude. There shall be neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude in the State, otherwise than as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. - [Added to Bill of Rights as unnumbered section by vote of the people at time of adoption of the Oregon Constitution in accordance with section 4 of Article XVIII thereof]

Section 35. Free negroes and mulattoes. [Added to Bill of Rights as unnumbered section by vote of the people at time of adoption of the Oregon Constitution in accordance with Section 4 of Article XVIII thereof; Repeal proposed by H.J.R. 8, 1925, and adopted by the people Nov. 2, 1926]

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