posting 4 - The governments of Maryland and Pennsylvania in...

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The governments of Maryland and Pennsylvania in 1776 were very different in how they operated and conducted. Maryland in 1776 was not as democratic then Pennsylvania. The laws in Maryland were based on those who had enough money and land to be eligible to vote. At the time, “having property in this State above the value of thirty pounds current money, and having resided in the county, in which they offer to vote, one whole year next preceding the election, shall have a right of suffrage”. In this case, the gentry had total power in deciding the laws because they were the ones that were eligible to vote and become part of the government. Due to this voting system, the average citizen was overlooked their rights and was forced to abide by the gentries government decisions. There were also no private ballots at the time, which meant that the person voting had to stand upon the candidates and give them their vote, which could possibly become a bad situation for the voter. Maryland’s constitution was based on the practices of the Senate and the
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course HISTORY 101 taught by Professor Boton during the Spring '08 term at UMBC.

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