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F Manning - PAGE TWO Voting Time Extended at Wood River...
PAGE TWO Voting Time Extended at Wood River Council Acts to Keep Polls Open Until 6 p. m. WOOD KfVKK, March 2—"By selling up longer hours for voting, we will give defense workers of the area who are working longer hours, a holler chance to vote," suggested Alderman .lark Carstrns of the first ward, in proposing the extension of voting hours for the city election of April 20, which was approved Monday night by the City Council. Alderman Carpi ens' proposal extruded tho voting deadline from 5 p m. lo 6 p. m. City Attorney Francis J. Manning informed Ihe council that voling homs wore set by stale law, nnd that, though he believed the council's action in changing the. hours was, technically, i)!e B a!. he j felt I hat should the change be con- tested n court would not. enforce a penalty for the revision. "Since Hie extension of hours would give opportunity for more people to vote, it would noi be impairing the right of suffrage, but would offer a voting chance to more people," Manning observed, and the attorney said Ihnt he saw no reason why the action might be contested. Alderman Gordon Mallory of the Fourth ward cited instances of other cities having extended voting hours with no adverse consequences. Mayor Charles R. Baker, when it appeared the proposed change

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 02 Mar 1943, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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