No Law Shall Be Enforced
Washington, June 30, 1856.
The bill authorizing the issue or an additional number of arms for the use of California passed.
THE ADMISSION OF KANSAS.
Mr. Douglas, from the Committee on Territories, to which was referred the various bills relative to affairs in Kansas, made a voluminous report on the subject. It contains an elaborate argument in favor of the new bill accompanying the report, which provides for the appointment of five Commissioners to be selected [by the President] from different sections of the Union, to represent fairly all political parties. They shall take a census of all the legal voters in the Territory, and make a fair apportionment of delegates to be elected by each county to form a constitution and institute a State government. When the apportionment shall be made the Commissioners are to remain in session every day, except Sunday, at the place most convenient for the inhabitants of said Territory, to hear all complaints, examine witnesses, and correct all errors in said list of voters, which list shall be previously printed and generally circulated through the Territory, and posted in at least three of the most public places of each election district; and so soon as all the errors have been thus corrected in said lists, the commissioners are requested to cause a corrected list of the legal voters to be printed, and copies furnished to each Judge of Election, to be put up at the places of voting, and circulated in every county in the Territory before the day of election–no person to be allowed to vote whose name does not appear on the list as a legal voter; the election for delegates to take place on the day of the Presidential election, and the convention to assemble on the first Monday in December to decide whether it be expedient for Kansas to come into the Union at that time, and if so decided, to proceed to form a Constitution and State government, which shall be of republican form. Kansas then to be admitted under such constitution on equal footing with the original States. The Bill provides further, that no law shall be enforced in the Territory infringing the liberty of speech, or of the Press, or the
right of the people to bear arms, &c. It also provides punishment for illegal voting, or fraud and violence at elections, and authorizes the use of the military for that purpose. The main point is, that the persons designated by the census as the present inhabitants of the Territory, shall decide all points in dispute at a fair election, without fraud or violence, or any other improper influence. All the white male inhabitants over 21 years of age are to be allowed to vote, if they have resided in the Territory three months previous to the day of election, and no other test shall be required; no oath to support the fugitive Slave law or any other law, nor any other condition whatever.
Mr. Douglas gave notice that he would ask for a vote on the bill on Wednesday.
Several private bills were passed, and the Senate adjourned.