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of the State as herein provided, to become Section 21 of Article 4
of the Constitution of Maryland:
21. From and after January 1, 1955, there shall be in the third,
fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh circuits at least one judge for each
county, who shall be a resident of the county in which he shall hold
office, and who shall be elected by the voters thereof, to be styled
judges of the Circuit Court, to be elected or appointed as herein pro-
vided. The number of judges for any of the circuits or for any of
the counties may be increased or decreased by the General Assembly
from time to time, and any vacancy so created shall be filled as pro-
vided in Section 5 of this Article except that in the third, fourth, fifth,
sixth, and seventh judicial circuits there shall never be less than one
judge for each county and in all of the circuits there shall never be
less than three for each circuit. The senior judge in length of service
shall be the chief judge of the circuit; the other judge or judges shall
be associate judges. In the first and second judicial circuits no two
of said judges of the Circuit Court shall at the time of their election
or appointment, or during the term for which they may have been
elected or appointed, reside in any one county. In the first and sec-
ond judicial circuits, in case any candidate or candidates for judge
at any election shall receive sufficient votes to cause such candidate
or candidates to be declared elected, but the election of such candi-
date or candidates would cause more judges than herein permitted
to reside in any county of the circuit, then and in that event there
shall be declared elected only that candidate or those candidates re-
siding in said county, in the order of the votes received, whose election
would provide the permitted number of judges from said county, and
also the candidate or candidates residing in some other county, and
not similarly disqualified, who shall have the next highest number of
votes in said election. If, by reason of such a condition or by reason
of an equal vote for two or more candidates a sufficient number of
judges duly qualified as to residence shall not be elected at any elec-
tion, then it shall be the duty of the Governor to order a new election
for such unfilled office or offices. From and after December 1, 1954,
there shall be not less than three judges resident in Montgomery
County and not less than two judges resident in Anne Arundel
County, [and in Prince George's County,] and not less than three
judges resident in Baltimore County. From and after December 1,
1960, there shall be not less than FOUR judges resident in
Prince George's County. [The vacancies in Garrett, Montgomery,
and Prince George's County created by the adoption of this amend-
ment shall be filled as provided in Section 5 of this Article.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this article the vacancies
in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and St. Mary's Counties created by
the adoption of this amendment shall not be filled by appointment
as provided in Section 5 of this Article; but at the first biennial
general election for Representatives in Congress, after the adoption
of this amendment a judge shall be elected by the qualified voters
of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and St. Mary's Counties, respectively,
to fill such vacancy in each county. Any other vacancy in the office
of Judge of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and St.
Mary's Counties shall be filled as provided in Sections 3 and 5 of
this article.]
The said judges shall hold such terms of the Circuit Court in each
of the counties composing their respective circuits, at such times as


 
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