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The New Election Law

The New Election Law image
Parent Issue
Day
10
Month
July
Year
1891
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

The legislatura this year has made a complete change in the eleetion laws so that the process oí voting hereafte will be difEerent from that hiiherto in vogue. The new system is nearly the pure Australian system, and will tend greatly to lessen bribery and intimida tion at elections. Our readers will no doubt be pleased to learn the main provisions of the new law. The voter when he comes to the polls will be handed one ticket by an in spector of election, on the back of which will be the initials of the in spector. This one ticket will contain the ñames of all the candidates to be voted íor. It will have been printec by the order of the judge of probate county clerk and county treasurer, am' shall contain all the nominees of the different parties which have been flled witli the county clerk twenty days be fore the election. The name of the office will be in a column to the left of the ticket, and the democratie, repub lican, prohibition, industrial and othei candidates will be in columns opposite the names of the offices. The voter cannot take this ticket outside the rail ing. Unless physically disabled he must go in the booth and prepure it for himself. 'To prepare a ballot for votiug, the elector marks or stamps a cross under the name of the party he desires, if he wishes to vote a straight ticket. A deniocrat who wishes to vote a straight democratie ticket will mark or stamp a cross under the word "Democratie," in a space left for that purpose. If a voter desires to split his ticket, he marks a cross opposite the name of every man on the ticket for whom he desires to vote. lie may, if he wishes, erase every name for which he does not want to yote. Before leaving the booth he must fold up his ticket so that no marks will show exeppting the initials of the inspector on the back of the ticket. If a voter shows auy other marks on the ticket, so as to disclose any of the candidates voted for, he will not be permitted to vote. If any English-speaking voter swears tliat he cannot read or that he is physicaïly disabled from marking his ticket, or if the disability is manifest to the inspectors, his ballot shall b marked for him by an inspector in the presence of two inspectors. If any naturalized voter is physically disabled or swears he cannot read English, he may cali on any elector he chooses to mark his ballot for him, but two inspectors of election shall be present when the marking is done. If a ballot is spoiled, the voter may get another one by returning the spoiled one to the inspector. It is a punishable offense for any one to urge a voter to vote for any party or candidate in the voting room or any room connected with it. This will do away with the workers at the polls. In counting the votes, all ballots not baving the initials of an inspector are thrown out. The straight tickets are countéd firsl, and then the splits. It is not lawful for any candidate, or any peraon for him, or with intent to promote his election, to entertain electors or to bring to the polls ia hacks able-bodied voters, or to compénsate any person for procuring attendance at he polls. The candidates and political committees must file sworn statements of lection expenses with the county clerk vithin twenty days after election, and must swear that tliey did not do varius unlawful things to secure their lection.