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Connecticut and Rhode Island revised their colonial charters (granted in 1662 and 1663) in 1776 to eliminate references to royal authority. In both states the governor, deputy governor, and council (which served as the upper house of the legislature) were annually elected by the freemen. The lower house of the legislature was elected by the towns twice a year in Connecticut and annually in Rhode Island. There was no executive veto in either state, and in both states judges were annually chosen by the legislature. Connecticut adopted its first state constitution in 1818, Rhode Island in 1842.