Draft register process
How The Army Will Be Raised. Tuesday morning Sheriff Need received from Gov. Capper the notice as to what method to proceed on to follow out the instructions of the new draft law. The letter and instructions are as follows: This office has been advised by the secretary of war that the following method is to be pursued in the regis tration under the selective draft: The sheriff, county clerk and county physician are to constitute a board in each county to supervise the registration and draft; the sheriff to be the executive officer of the board; the clerk the custodian of the records and secretary of the board, and the county physician who will make the physical examinations at the proper time. This registration is to be made by election precincts throughout the county and the duty of your county board is to appoint in each precinct a board of three members to conduct the registration; two of these should be able to write a good clear hand and women of voting age could be used on the registration board. In naming the registration boards in the precincts, the secretary of war believes that you can find patriotic neo-ple who will volunteer to act as registration officials without compensation. It will also be the duty of your board to designate a suitable place in each precinct for the registration, such place to be tendered by its patriotic owner free of cost to the government. You should take steps just as soon as these places are designated to inform the people of their location, either by posting notices or through the local papers, or by both methods. In townships having only one voting precinct, if you think it practicable, you might designate the members of the township board as registration officials. If there is more than one precinct in the township it will be necessary to make provisions for a board in each precinct. In all cities having registration, you might utilize the machinery of the election commissioner's' office in selecting your board for the precincts in the city. While it is assumed by the secretary of war that all parties concerned in carrying out this draft will do so without question from patriotic motives, it should be understood that heavy penalties are provided for failure to do so. The necessary blanks will be sent direct to the sheriff of each county as soon as the president has signed the proclamation, which probably will be done within the next two or three days. Of course, nothing official can be done until the president issues his proclamation, but the information here will enable you to have the matter rounded up so that you can act promptly when the time comes. The registration must be made on one certain specified day and the secretary of war states that it must be made within ten days after the proclamation is issued, so you can see the necessity of haste in formulating your plans. It might be observed that men enlisted prior to the day of registration in the national guard, army, navy, marine corps, etc., will be exempt from the provisions of the draft. The good name of the state calls for the whole hearted co-operation of every official of the state in this plan of raising the army, and I am sure that you and the other members of your board will come up to full expectations. Now that the plan of raising the army has been adopted, it is our patriotic duty to fall in line and do our best. Very respectfully yours, Arthur Capper, Governor.