Election and term of office of clerks of circuit courts; clerk may serve as register in chancery; filling of vacancies in office of clerk.

Clerks of the circuit court shall be elected by the qualified electors in each county for the term of six years, and may, when appointed by the chancellor, also fill the office of register in chancery. Vacancies in such office of clerk shall be filled by the judge of the circuit court for the unexpired term.