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§ 88. “The Expiration of the Term.”

This expression means the end of the period of service, whether it be the three years of a senator of the first class or the six years of a senator of the second class; it is an event that depends on no fortuitous circumstances, being determined by the Constitution itself, which provides that all terms shall expire on the thirty-first day of December, either three years from the beginning thereof or six years from the beginning thereof. The exact date on which the term, annexed to each senatorial seat, begins and ends is fixed by section 13. Every term, whether for three years or six years, begins on the first day of January of some year, and necessarily ends on the thirty-first day of December in some year, except when the terms of all senators are prematurely ended by a dissolution of the Senate. “The expiration of the term,” if it happens before a successor has been elected, renders the election of a successor unnecessary, because the senators elected for the ensuing term, at the ordinary triennial election, then take their seats.

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