Ruger introduces bill on election fairness 2 Feb 1883

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to Is i?onfl-deutial a L appropriate and feasible. r&IaTAUE aAXD LIGISLATIO. Senator Ruger, of the Fifth District, introduced introduced a bill yesterday In the upper branch of the General Assembly of Illinois designed to regulate and reform primary elections. His district, composed as it is of the Seventh Ward of this city and parts of the Sixth and Eighth, has been the scene of many a turbulent primary, but iu point of actual fairness it 1 in no more need of reform reform than the average metropolitan district. The evil Is' general, if not universal, and the remedy applied should be applicable to all parts of the State without being' a burden burden upon those who do not need it. It has always been assumed In this State, and in nearly the entire country, that the strictly party mechanism of politics must be managed without legal Intervention, except except as It might be necessary to maintain maintain the peace. It is customary tr hold primary elections by ballot at the usual polling-places, polling-places, polling-places, surrounding the proceedings with the forms and sem blance of an ordinary election, but they have been fair or fraudulent according according to the character and purpose of the clique in charge, and the people ore at the absolute mercy of a few ringleaders. If the latter be honorable men all goes well; If tricksters, then there Is no alternative except except to submit or. bolt. There have been so many Instances of systematic fraud in connection with the choice of delegates to convention that public sentiment is strongly in favor of almost any method to secure reform through legislation. There Is nothing partisan in the matter, for tho honest men of both partiet are united In wanting to enre the evils which are common to the primaries of both parties. Two things arc necessary to such reform: first, the restriction of voting at such elections to the members of the party holding tho same, and, second, protection in the couut. The right of challenge, now so effective In preventing Illegal voting at regular elections. elections. Should be extended to primaries. Tbe test should be applied under oath, so that the person who should persist in voting after being challenged would be liable to prosecution and punLshment for perjury if he swore in his vote when he had no riht to do so. That would head off tbe chtof evil now experienced. The voter at the primary should be a legal voter In that precinct and also a member of the party holding the election. Tbe test ot membership membership might be open to dispute It not Specifically defined in the statute. As fair a way as any would be to demand that be should ha v voted for two-t!i two-t!i two-t!i inia of his ticket at the regular election last preceding the primary. It would be unjust to Insist that to scratch any part of a ticket should work partisan disfranchisement, for no such rigidity would be In the interest of tbe pub lic. ' The object of the law should not be to cultivate the partisan spirit and hold a rod over every voter, but simply to help jn carrying out the Self-evident Self-evident Self-evident proposition proposition that uo one should take part in the primary elections of the party to which he is opposed. The soundness, of this doctrine Is too plain for argument, and so Is the correlative correlative one that none-except none-except none-except legal voters in the precinct should participate in the election. To guard against fraud In the count Is the next and final thing. The machinery of ordinary election should be applied to primaries. primaries. ' Ballots should be numbered as deposited, and a poll-list poll-list poll-list kept. Then If any delegate or delegates suspected fraud a contest could be made in the convention, and the matter be decided by a comparison of the ballots and the poil-llst. poil-llst. poil-llst. There are parts of tho State, perhaps, where no legislation Is required, and where the Ope ration of It would be Irksome. To obviate any objections from this quarter, without making, it 'possible for the rings now in power td nullify the law, It might be veil to require for Its adoption a petition signed by say 10 per cent ot the legal voters, as determined by the aggregate vote at the Immediately preceding election. To that extent the local option policy would be a or aa Ilk for of W-V. W-V. Much waa said labt fall In favor of small precincts as a cure for primary frauds, but there can be no cure without the aid of the law In punishing the guilty. All patent medicines which have been tried have sig-nail sig-nail sig-nail failed to be really curative. If the Bugcr bill Is defective It can be amended, and certainly there can be no jut ground ot opposition to the plan of bringing elections elections for delegates to political conventions within tho jurisdiction of, legal provisions for the prevention and punishment of political political fraud, nor should tho neosure be Jeopardized by foolish quibbling over nonessential nonessential details. - - Sea-ate hi theological in . the the in

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