The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on June 22, 1892 · Page 6
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The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa · Page 6

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, June 22, 1892
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:rmo KKITMMCAX, ALUONA, IOWA, WKDNKSDAV, IE ELECTION"W" Directions To Be Followed by Judges and Voters. THE NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES. oim IMnde for the Printing and X>latrH>uting of llallots nt I'lildlc K.\- Jiense— riMinltio* YVUirh Tliusi- AVlin Violate U»o T.iiw Will 1-lnvii to SulVi-r. AN" ACT to provide for the printing and •distribution of ballots at public expense, and for the nomination of candidates for public offices; to regulate the manner o.f holding elections; and to enforeu wxrccy of the ballot. A'e it enacted by (he general assembly of the state of Iowa: •SKCTiox 1. That in all elections to b- Vield after November 1, is'.):', in the state for public officers (except those elected at •ii:hool elections), the voting sliall lie by >»<:l)<ots printed and distributed at public "xpense as hereinafter provided, and no '•(her ballots shall be used. SKI:. :j. The printing and distributing '.>f ballots and cards of instruction to the voters, as hereinafter described, for any Keneral election, shall be at tho expense or the county, and shall lie provided for in She same manner as other county election i'xpeii'-ex ami the printing and distributing of ballots for use in eity elections shall •be at the expense of the city or town in vrhich such election shall be held. The term "general election," as used in ibis act. shall apply to any election held ;'or UKJ choice of national, state, judicial, district, county or township officers, whether for the full term or for the filling --jf a vacancy. The term "city elect ion' 1 shall apply to any municipal election held ;a ii city or incorporated town. SKC. :>. ^\ny convention of delegate:?, primary, caucus or meeting of qualified voters as hereinafter defined, and individual electors to the number and in thu manner hereinafter specified, may nominate candidates for public office, whose names shall 1 c placed upon the ballots tu be furnished us hereinafter provided. SKC. 4. Any convention of delegates, primary, caucus or meeting representing,-! political party, which at the general election next, preceding polled at "least two (2) IKK cent, of tho entire vote cast in the •state or division thereof, or municipality tor which the nomination is made, may .-':or the state or division thereof, or muni- •.•ipality for which the convention, pri- ::Kary, caucus or meeting is held, as thu' '-vise may be, by causing a certificate oi nomination to be, duly filed, make one -uch nomination for each office therein tu •bt^ filled at the election. Kvery such certificate of nomination shall state such facts as are required in section 6 of thin act, and shall be signed by the presiding oflicer and by the secretary of the conveii"- t.ion, caucus or meeting, who shall add in their signatures their places of residence. Where such nomination is made by a primary election, the certificate sliall bu .signed by the board of canvassers, tu which the returns of such primary election are made. Such certificate shall bu sworn to by them to be true, to the best ot their knowledge and belief, and a certificate of the oath shall be annexed to the vertificate of nomination. SKC. H. Nominations for candidates for .-a»y .office, to be filled by the voters of the state at large may also bo made-by nomination papers, signed in the aggregate for 'iMieh candidate by not less than five hundred (TiOO) qualified voters of the state. •Nomination of candidates for offices to bu •SiJied by the electors of a county, district or otherdivision less.than tho state may be wide by nomination papers, signed in'tlm aggregate for each candidate by not less -'.h.-uj twenty-five c.Tu qualified voters of rfnch couhty, distriet or division. Nomi- -uar.inns of candidate: for offices to be filled 'try a he. electors o!' a city, town, precinct on ward may be made by nomination papers, -Ogned in the nggrogaic for each candidate •'.'>*• ,unt less than ten i. Kn qualified voters ot •i»;t:)' city, town pr; ciisci.or ward; provided, -hat the name of any candidate whose •;rune jtriy appear in any oilier place upon ?;tir- ."•.'nilot, shall not !.••.-,.> added by petition It.' the same office. Kaeh elector .-igning.i certificate sliall add to his signalnre i'i:.- jii;M'.o of business and postoffiee address. SKC. (I All certificates of nomination, ur wunination papers, shall, besides containing the names of candidates, .specifv a-i Iu each: i. Hits ollice. to which he is nomin.iteil. :J, The party or political principle which on svprowoits, e.\pres.-:.-d in mil. mor::- than jive '."n vords. o ilis place of rc.-idein.v, with street and jiumber tliereof, if any. Jn ihe i/aso of electors for president an I vice-president of the United Slates, the I'.'nme of the eaiididat es for president and vi'.-e president may be added to the party v.v i»,.!!t.';"i.' nppellis 1 ion. Si-:.". '!. (Vrtiiienve~ of nominatioi:, and Jiotiiillation papers for the niimi:iati:i;i ol' eaiididates for . Iliees to be filled by tl.c '• of the entire ---talc, or any divisin'; nr •|'i!< ..1 v limn %biny J'- <• i he c.!e •:.:.;:, . ,]• which 11: ' are nominated. All olhei '.•.nt-.--.- for liie nomination uf cnndi.lii lie filed with the eoilnly auditor the respective eoiinties, mil mon rii.xty 'fill) days and :;i,t )".->s th-m t,W) d;iy.-' pri-vioiis to ihe day of --\: lion: provid d, thai cerl ificates . 1 :Ui.'i! and no.iiinati^n p-ipcrs for ; i. in.". I ii.'.'i of /•alidid. i ;!"S for the oiii «:it,is and iiieorjitirated towns .-1 filed with the clerUs < r rei-orderol th -,'ir Jr.r;, d io-.vns, not nion da;, s r.i.d 1:0; h>s.-, t ban .'ions to such i-!eci ion. i SKC. '-. Any pcr-i'i! \\ho.-e name ha. been ]ii-i ••'•nted as a ' andidalc may cuuse i ins nnni!-to 1-e wil hcraivn from numina-j -lion by his in wril ing, .signed In 1 j .'li-'ii and nckowledged before an officer ; ijnaliiied to lake ackimu lodgment^ ». deeds, and filed with the --ecrelary of -tat • Mot less than lifiecn 'l~» days, or \vil h ll:.-| proper auditor, clerl; <>r reeorder n .1 ies.-. ! than eight (S; days previous I o t lie .lav o. ! • '.Jcctii'ti, and no name so withdr.-.v.-.'i •b-v printed upon tin- ballots. All ei-riiii-i rales of non-.inniion and nomination pa- i pors, when i.fed, shall be open, under tin; proper regulation, lo public inspection, and •the secretary of slate and theseveral county auditors, cierks and recorders liaviug charge, of noininat;iui papersshnll preserve tho same in their respective offices for not Jle.-s lhan six months after the election. Si•'«,•. li. in case a candidate who has b. i n (inly nominated, under the provisions < 'ii.'-i act, die before election day or de•* ;be nomination as in this act pro- days vidft-' or should any certificate of nomination l»t> held insnfliciont or inoperative hy the ofticer with whom they may be filed, the, vacancy or vacancies thus occasioned may be filled by the political party or other persons making the original nominations, or, if the time is insuilicient therefor, then the vacancy may be filled, if the nomination was by convention, primary or canons, iii such ft manner as the convention, primary or caucus previously provided, or in case of no such previous provisions, then by a regularly elected or appointed executive or central committee, representing the political party or persons holding such convention, primary meeting or caucus. The certificates of nominations made to supply such vacancy, shall state in addition to the facts hereinbefore required by this act, the name of the original nominee, Uio date of his death or declination of nomination, or the fact that the former nomination lias been held in- suflieient or inoperative and the measures taken in accordance with the above requirements for filling a vacancy, and it shall be signed and sworn to by the presiding oflicer ,-uid secretary of the convention, primary or caucus, or by the chairman and secretary of the duly authorised committee as the case may be. !--Kr. ID. The certificates of nomination and nomination papers being so filed, and being in apparent conformity with tho provisions of this act, shall be deemed to bo valid, unless objection thereto is duly made in writing. Such objections or other questions arising in relation thereto in the case of nomination of state oliieers or oflieers to be elected by the voters of a division less than the state and greater than a county, shall be considered by the secretary of state, auditor ot state and attorney general, and thu decision of Ihe majority of these oflieers shall be final. 'Such objections or questions arising in the case ol nominations for oflieers to he elected by the voters of a county or township, sliall he considered by the county auditor, clerk of the district court and county attorney for such county, and the decision of a majority of said officers shall he final. Objections or questions arising in the case of nominations for city or incorporated town oflieers shall he considered by the mayor and clerk or recorder, with whom one councilman or trustee thereof, as the case may be, chosen by lots, shall act, and the decision of a majority of such oflieers shall befnuU. In any case where objection is made, notice shall forthwith be given to the candidates affected thereby, addressed to their place of resilience as given in the nomination papers, and stating the time and place, when and where such objections will be considered. SKC. 11. "When such certificate is filed with the secretary of state, he shall, in certifying nominations to tho various county auditors, insert the name of the person thus nominated to fill a vacancy in place of the. original nominee; and in the event that he has already sent forward his certificate, ho shall forthwith certify to the auditors of the proper counties the name and description of the person so nominated to lill the vacancy, tho oflice he is nominated for, }vith tho other details mentioned in certificates of nomination filed with tho secretary of state; he shall immediately certify the name so supplied to the authorities charged with the printing of the ballots. The name so supplied for the vacancy sliall, if the ballots are not already printed, be placed on the ballots in place of the name of the original nominee; or, if the ballots have been printed, new ballots, whenever practicable, shall be furnished. SKC. 1:.'. Whenever it may not be practicable to /iave new ballots printed it shall be the duty of the election oflicer having charge of the ballots to place the iinine. supplied for the vacancy upon each ballot issued before delivering it to the voter; the nameso supplied may be placed upon the ballots either by affixing a paster, or by wi-jting or stamping tho name on the ballot; and to enable, this to be done, the oflicer with whom the certificates of nominal ion are to be filed, shall immediately furnish the name of such substituted nominee to all judges of election within the territory in which such nominee shall be a candidate: provided, that in all cases where certificates of nomination or nomi nation papers are filed with the secretary of state he shall be required only to immediately furnish the name of such substituted nominee to the county auditors within said territory, and it shall then be the duty of the county and i tin- to furnish such information to the judges of election as hereinbefore stated. iSi'X. i:i. Not less than fifteen UM days before an election to fill any public oftiee the secretary of slat;' shall certify to the county auditor of each county within which any i/t the electors may by law vote for candidates for such office, the name and resilience of each person nominated lo:' such ollice, as specified in the certificate:; of nomination or nomination papers filed with the secretary of state. SKI:. 14. The names of all candidates tu bo voted I'or iu each election dis'.riet or precinct shall be printed on one ballot; nil nominations of any political party or group of petitioners being placed tinder the party appellation or title of such party or group, as designated by them in their certificates of nomination or petitions, or if none be designated, then under some suitable title, and the ballot shall contain no other names, except that, in case of electors for president and vice- president of the t'nited States, the name-; j of t h-.- candidates for president and vice- | president may be added to the party or political designation. If a constitutional amendment or other public measure is submitted to a vote, such quesiion shall be printed upon tho ballot after the lisls of candidates, and words calculated to aid tiie voier to answer any question submitted lo vole may )>_• added, such as "Yes," ".So," or the like. On ihe back or outside of the. ballot, so as to appear when folded, shall be printed the words "ollicial ballot," followed by the designation of ti:e polling place for which the ballot is prepared ihe date of the election, and a fae simile of the signature of the auditor or other oflieers who has caused the ballot to be printed. The ballots shall be ua plain white paper, through which the, printing t/r writing cannot be read. The party appellation or title shall bu printed I in capital letters not less thftn one-fourth j of an inch in height: and a circle one-half i inch in diameter shall be printed at tb; j beginning of the line in which such appel- la 1 . ion or title is printed. The names t-.f candidates shall be printed in capital letters, not less than one-eighth nor more tli:tn one-fourth of an inch in height, and at the beginning of each line in which the name of ii candidate is printed a square shall be printed, the sides of which shall not be less than one-fourth of an inch in length. The list of candidates for ihe sev- eril parlies and groups of petitioners shall bi placed in separate columns on the bal lots, in such order as tho anthoriliei • harged with the printing of the ballot;, C '.all decide. I;a.h ut the coluuius coutaiuing the list of candidates including the party anin>l lation sdiall be -eparated by n distinct line IS •8 c» o o C K O o H R O § .§ W O 3 td Ir 1 H-H 0 V, V, e^ A n o c 3. W o % ? K 2 t—I C ' 1 I Ut O IB! o o O Z 2 re Cfl C, C t: « V- o K g *-• a i- 3 3 O O h- K Cfi c C! O o h3 w o w v—i td o rs. K re cn O o en n H H Q o {r. O rr. O f r td o (And continuing in like manner as to nil candidates to be voted for at such elections.) '' SKC. 15. For all elections to which this act applies, the county auditors in their respective counties shall have charge of the printing of the ballots for all general elections, and shall furnish them to the judges of such elections. The city clerk and recorder of incorporated towns shall have charge thereof and furnish them in all municipal elections. Ballots shall be printed and in the possession of the oflicer charged with their distribution at least two (a) days before the election, and subject to the inspection of candidates and their agents. If any mistakes be discovered they shall be corrected without delay. The oflieers so charged with the printing of the ballots shall cause to be delivered to the judges of election, at the polling .place of each voting precinct, not less than twelve (12) hours before the time as fixed by law for the opening of the polls therein, one hundred (100) ballots of the kind to be voted in such precinct for every fifty (50) votes or fraction thereof cast therein at the last preceding election for state ofii- cers. Such ballots shall bo put up in separate sealed packages, with marks on the outside clearly designating the polling place for which they are intended, and the number of ballots enclosed, and receipt therefor shall be given by the judge or judges of election to whom they are delivered, which receipt shall bo preserved by the officer charged with this printing o'l the ballots. The oflicer or authorities charged with the printing and distributing of Die ballots sliall provide and retain, nc his or their -dice, an ample supply of ballots in addition lo those distributed to the several voting precincts, and if at any time, on or before the day of election, the ballots furnished to any precinct shall be lost, destroyed or exhausted, before the polls (ire closed, on written application, signed by a majority of the judges of such precinct or signed and sworn to by one of such judges, he shall immediately cause, to be delivered to such judges, at the polling place, such additional supply of ballots as may bo required, and su'llicient to comply with the provisions of this act. SKC. 10. Whenever a constitutional amendment or other public measure is proposed to be, voted upon by the people, such amendment or other public measure shall be printed in full upon ihe ballot, preceded by the words: '•Shall the following amendment to tint constitution (or public measure) bu adopted:'" Two spaces shall he left upon tli* right hand margin, one for votes favoring the amendment, or public measure, to be designated by the word '-Yes," and ono for the votes opposing thu amendment, or measure, to bo designated by the word ''No," as in the form herein given. Shall the following amendment to the constitution (or public, measure) be adopted: [Here insert in full the proposed public measure or constitutional amendment.] The elector shall designate his vote by a cross mark, thus (X). Sicr. IT. The ollieeror officers, whose duty it is to have the ballots printed, shall prepare full instructions for tiie guidance of votersat each election, as to obtaining ballots, as to tho manner of marking "them and the method of gaining assistance, and as to obtaining now ballots in place of accidentally spoiled: and they shall respectively cause the s-ame, together with copies of sections 2.1, :. J :!, :M, M-J, ^o, ~.'.~i, !it> and :.'U ot this act to be printed in large, clear type on separate cards, to be called curds of instruction; and such officer or oflieers shall furnish to the judges of election u stUlicient number uf such cards of instruction to enable the judges of election to comply with the provisions of this act. SEC. is. The judges of election shall cause not less than one of such card* to be posted in each voting booth or apartment provided for the preparation of ballots, arid uot less than four (4) of such cards to be posted iu aud about the polling place up- m the, day of election. Judges of elect-ton' ihall, not less than flvo (t) days prior to an ilection, cause to be conspicuously posted ,n five or more public places in their voting precinct a card of instruction and a specimen ballot, printed on colored paper, wutaining the names, residence and party or political affiliation of nil cnmli- lates nominated, us herein provided and ;o be voted for in such precinct, substantially iu the form of the genera! ballot to be, used. Tho county auditor shall cause to be published prior to the day of election in at least two newspapers,' if there bo so many published in such county, representing the political parties which cast at the preceding general election the largest and next largest number of votes, a list of all the nominations made, as herein provided ;iiid to be voted for at such election as near is may be in the form in which they shall appear upon the general ballot; provided, that publication by the county auditor shall not be required for or apply to the i-lection of township or municipal oflieers. SKC. I!). Election boards shall be composed of three judges and two clerks. The judges of election of their respective election precincts shall have charge of the ballots nnd furnish them to" tiie voters as hereinafter set forth. Not more than two judges and not more than one clerk shall belong to the same political party or organization; provided, always, there be one or more electors qualified and willing to act as such judge or clerk, and belonging to and n member or members of opposite parties. In municipalities the councilmen or trustees shall be ex-oflicio judges of election; provided, that in ease more than two councilmen or trustees belonging to the same political party or organization be residents of the same election precinct, ihe county board of supervisors may designate which of the councilmen or trustees" shall serve as judges at general elections in such precincts. In township precincts the clerk of the township shall be ex-oilicio, a clerk of election of the precinct in which he resides, and the trustees of the township shall be ex-oflicio judges of election, except that in townships not divided into election precincts, if all the trustees be of the same political party, those two only whoso terms expire in one and two years, shall be ex-oflicio judges of such precinct. The membership of such election board shall be completed by the board of supervisors from the party unrepresented which cast the largest or next largest number of votes in said precinct at the last general election; and as now provided by law and in conformity with this act; provided, that in all city elections the powers and duties hereinbefore given and made incumbent upon the board of supervisors shall be exercised and performed by the city council or trustees of incorporated towns. If at the opening of the polls in any precinct there shall be a vacancy in the oflice of clerk or judge of election," the same shall be filled by the members of the board present and from the political party which is entitled to such vacant oflice under the provisions of this act. SKC. 20. It shall be the duty of the township trustees, and, in cities and towns, of the mayor and clerk or recorder, to provide suitable places in which to hold all elections provided for by this act, and to see that the same are warmed, lighted and furnished with proper supplies and conveniences, including a sufficient number of booths, shelves, pens, penholders, ink, blotters and pencils as will enable the voter to prepare, his ballot for voting, and in which voters may prepare their ballots screened from all observation as to the manner iu which they do so. A guard rail shall be so constructed and placed that only such persons as are inside said rail can approach within six ((3) feetof the ballot box and of such voting booths. The arrangements shall be such that the voting booths can only be reached by passing within said guard rail. They shall be in plain view of the election officers, and both they and the ballot boxes shall be in plain view of those outside of the guard rail. Kach of said booths shall have three sides enclosed, one side in front, fro open and shut by a door swinging outward, or to be closed with a curtain. Each side of each booth shall be seven (T) feet high, and the door or curtain shall extend to within two (2) feet of the floor, which shall be closed while the voter is preparing his ballot; and such booths shall be well lighted. Kach booth shall bo at least three <;',) feet square, and sliall contain a shelf at least one (1) foot wide, at a convenient height for writing. No person other than the election officers nnd the challengers allowed by law and those admitted for the purpose of voting, as hereinafter provided, shall be permitted within the guard rail, except by the authority of the election oflieers, to keep order and enforce the law. The number of such voting booths shall not be less than one (1) to every sixty (ilO) voters, or fractions thereof, who voted at the last preceding election in the precinct. The expense of providing booths and guard rails, ami other things required in this act, shall be paid in the same manner as other election expenses. Said booths or compartments shall be so built and arranged, if possible, as to be permanent, so that after the election they may be taken down and deposited with the township or city clerk or town recorder, as the case may be, for safe keeping for all future use. In all cases where it is practicable, in precincts outside of cities and towns, the election shall be held in the public school building, for the use of which there shall be no charge. But all damage to the building or furniture shall be a just claim against the county. SKC. 21 Any person desiring to vote in precincts where registration is required, shall give his name, and, if required to do so, his residence, to the judges of election, one of whom shall thereupon announce the same in aloud and distinct, tone of voice, clear and audible; and if such name is found on the register of voters by the officer having charge thereof, he shall likewise repeat said name, and the voter shall be allowed to enter the space enclosed by the guard-rail, as above provided. One of the judges shall give the voter one, and only one ballot, on the back of which such judge shall endorse his initials in such manner that they may be seen when the ballot is properly folded, and the voter's jiamo shall immediately be checked on the registry list. At all elec • tions, where registration is required, if the name of any person desiring to volo at such election is not found on the register of voters, he shall not receive a ballot until he, shall have complied with the law prescribing the manner and conditions of voting by unregistered voters; if any person desiring to vote at tiny election shall- be challenged, he shall not receive a ballot until he shall have established his right to voto in tho manner provided by law. Besides the election oflieers, uot more than two voters in excess of the whole number of voting booths provided shall be allowed in said enclosed space at one time. This section shall apply to »ud govern, where applicable, all person* lesiring to vote in precincts where regfs- iration is not required. SKC. 22. On receipt of his ballot, the voter shall forthwith, and without loav- Ing tho enclosed space, retire alone to one of the voting booths so provided, and shall prepare his ballot by making in the appropriate margin or place a cross (X) opposite the name of the candidate, of his choice for each office to bo fllJod, or by writing in tho tmmo of the candidate of his choice in n blank space on said ticket, making a cross (X) opposite thereto; and In case of a question submitted to a vote of the people by making in the appropriate margin or place H cross (X) against the answer he desires to give; provided, however, if he shnll desire to vote for all the candidates of one political party, or group of petitioners, ho may place such mark at the appropriate place preceding the appellation or title under which the namos of tha candidates of such party, or group of petitioners are printed; and the ballots so marked shall be counted as 'cast for all the candidates named, after that title; provided, further, that the voter may place such mark at the appropriate place preceding the appellation or title of any one part}-, or group of petitioners, and may also mark, at the appropriate space preceding the name or names of one or more candidates printed under tho appellation or title, of some other party, or group of petitioners, and a ballot so marked shall be counted as cast for all candidates named under the appellation or title which has been so marked, except as to the officers to which he has placed such mark preceding the name or names of some other candidate or candidates printed under tho title of some other party or group of petitioners, and as to such, it ah/ill be counted as cast for tho candidate or candidates preceding whose name or names such mark may have been placed. Before leaving the voting booth the voter shall fold his ballot in such manner as to conceal the marks thereon. The number of the voter on the poll books or register list shall not'be endorsed on the back of his ballot. He shall mark and deposit his ballot without undue delay, and shall quit said enclosed space as soon as he has voted. No voter shall bo a'lowed to occupy a voting booth already occupied by another, nor remain within said enclosed space more than ten minutes, nor to occupy a voting booth more than five minutes, in case all of said voting booths are in use and other voters waiting to occupy the same. No voter, not an electiou officer, shall, after having voted, be allowed to enter said enclosed space during said election. No person shall take or remove any ballot from the polling place before the close of the poll. No voter shall voto, or oll'er to vote, any ballot except such as ho has received from tho judges of election in charge of the ballots. Any voter who shall, by accident or mistake, spoil his ballot, may on returning said spoiled ballot, to the election judges, receive another in place thereof. Any voter who, after receiving an official ballot, decides not to vote, shall, before retiring from within the guard rail, surrender to the election officers the official ballot which has been given him; and a refusal to surrender such ballot shall subject the person so offending to immediate arrest and the penalties affixed in section ^7 of this act. SKC. 23. Any voter who may declare upon oath that he cannot read the English language, or that by reason of any physical disability he is unable to mark his ballot, shall, upon request, be assisted in marking his ballot by two of the election officers of different political parties, to be selected from the judges and clerks of tiie precinct in which they are to act, to be designated by the judges of election of each precinct at the opening of the polls. Such oflieers shall mark the ballot as directed by the vcVer, and shall thereafter give no information regarding the same. The clerks of election shall enter upon the poll lists after the name of any elector who received such assistance in marking his ballot, a memorandum of the fact. Intoxication shall not be regarded as a physical disability, and no intoxicated person shall be entitled to assistance in nuirkiii" his ballot. Sue. :M. Any person entitled to vote at a general election in this state, shall, on the day of such election, be entitled to absent himself from any services or employment in which he is then engaged or employed for a period of two hours, between the time of opening and closing the polls, and such voter shall not, because of so absenting himself, be liable to any penalty, or shall, any deduction bo made on account of such absence from his usual salary or wages; provided, however, that application for such leave of absence shall bo made prior to the day of election The employer may specify the hours during which said employe may absent himself as aforesaid. Any person or corporation, who shall refuse to an employe the privilege hereby conferred or shall subject an employe to a penalty or deduction of wages because of the exercise of such privilege, or who shall in any manner attempt to influence or control such voter as to how he shall vote by offering any reward or by threatening his discharge from employment, or otherwise intimidating him from a full and free exercise of his right to vote, or shall, directly or indirectly, violate the provisions of this section, sliall be deemed guilty of u misdemeanor and be fined in any sum not less than five dollars (65) or more than one hundred dollars ($100). SKC:. 25. If a voter marks more names than there are persons to be elected to an office, or if for any reason it is imuossible to determine the voter's choice for any office to bo filled, his ballot shall not be counted for such office. No ballot without the official endorsement sliall bo allowed' to be deposited in tho ballot box, and none but ballots provided in accordance with the provision of this act shall be counted. Ballots not counted shall be marked "defective" on the back thereof, and ballots to which objection has been made by either of the judges or challengers, shall be marked "objected to" on the back thereof, and a memorandum signed by the judges, stating how it was counted, shall be written upon the back of each ballot so marked, and all ballots marked "defective" or "objected to," shall be inclosed in an envelope, securely sealed, and so marked and endorsed as lo clearly disclose its contents. All ballots not voted, and all that have been spoiled by voters while attempting to vote, shall by returned by the judges of election to the officer or authorities charged with the printing and distribution of the ballots, and a receipt taken therefor, and shall bo preserved for six months. Such officer shall keep a record of the number of ballots delivered for each polling place, the name of the person to whom, and the time when delivered, and he shall also enter upon such record the number and character of the ballots returned, with the time when and the person by whom they are re turned. When the canvass shall have been completed as now provided by law, the clerk shall announce to the judges the total number of votes received by each candidate; at least one judge of the election shall then uroclaim in a loud voice the total number of votes received by each of the persons voted for and tho office tot which he is designated, as announced by said clerks, and the number of votes for and the number of votes igailist any proposition which shall have jeen submitted Co a vote of tho people; immediately after making such proclatua- k '"-i, and before separating, the judge* shall fold in two foUlr. ftMd string closc/y upon a single piece of flexible wire, all ballots which have been conn!-.-:! by them except those murksd "objected to," unite the ends ot such wire in a firm knot, seal Hie knot in such manner that it cannot be untied without breaking the seal, enclose tho ballots so strung in an envelope and securely seal such envelope in such ft manner that it cannot be opened without, breaking the seal, and return said ballots', together with the package with t k., ballots marked "defective" or "objected to," in such aenled package or envelope, to the proper auditor, clerk or recorder, as the case may be, from whom the same were received, and such officer shall carefully nreseryj auch ballots for six months, and at tk* expiration of that time shall destroy them by burning without previously opening the package or envelope. Such ballots shnll be destroyed in the presence of the official custodian thereof, mid two electors of approved integrity and good repute and members respectively of the two leading political parties. The, said electors shall bu designated by tha chairman of the board of supervisors of the county in which such ballots are kept; provided, that if any contest of tho election of any officer voted for at such election shall be pending at the expiration of said time, the said ballots shall not bo destroyed until such contest is finally determined. In all cases of contested elec- sions, tho parties contesting the same shall have the right to have said ballots opened, find to have all the errors of the judges in counting or refusing to 3ount any ballots corrected by the court or body trying such contest; but such ballots shall be opened only in open court, or iu open session of such body, and in the pros snco of the officer hav'ing the custody thereof. SKC. .'.'(i. No person whatever shall do any electioneering or soliciting of votes on election day within any polling place, or within one hundred (LOO) feet of any polling place. No person shall interrupt, hinder or oppose any voter while approaching the polling place for ihe purpose of voting. Whoever sliall violate the provisions of this section shall bo punished by n fine of not less than twenty-five dollars (*i!o) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100), or imprisonment for not loss than ten (1,0) clays, nor exceeding thirty (30) days, or by both fine and imprisonment, for each and every offense; and it shall bo the duty of the judges of election to enforce the. provisions of this section. SEC. 27. Any voter who shall, except as herein otherwise provided, allow his ballot to be seen by any person with an apparent intention of letting it be known liow he is about to vote, or who shall make a false statement as to his inability to mark his ballot, or any person who shall interfere, or attempt to interfere, with any voter when inside said enclosed space, or when marking his ballot, or who shall endeavor to induce any voter, before voting, to show how he marks, or has marked his ballot, or any person who shall mark or cause in any manner to be marked, on any ballot, any character for the purpose of identifying said ballot, shall bo punished by a fine of uot loss than five dollars (-*;>) nor more than one hundred dollars (SU)O), or imprisonment for not less than ten days (10), nor exceeding thirty days (30), or by both fine and imprisonment; audit shall be the duty of the election judges to enforce the provisions of this section. SBC. 28. Any person who shall, prior to any election, willfully destroy or deface my list of candidates posted in accord- nice with the provisions of this act, or who, during an election, shall willfully leface, tear down, remove or destroy any sard of instruction or specimen ballot, printed and posted for the instruction of voters, or who shall, during an election, willfully remove or destroy any of the supplies or conveniences furnished to enable voters to prepare their ballots, or shall willfully hinder the voting of others, shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10) nor more than one hundred dollars (§100), or imprisonment for HOD less than ten (10) days nor exceeding thirty (30) days, or by both fine and imprisonment. SEC. ^9. Any person who shall falsely make, or willfully destroy, any certificate of nomination, or nomination papers, or my part thereof, or any letter of withdrawal, or file any certificate of nomination, or nomination papers, knowing the Sime, or any part tliereof, to bo falsely made, or suppress any certificate of nomination, nomination papers, or any part thereof, which have been duly filed, or forge, or falsely make the official endorsement on any ballot, or substitute therefor my spurious or counterfeit ballot, or make, use, circulate, or cause to bo made Dr circulated AS an official ballot, any paper printed in imitation or resemblance- thereof, or willfully destroy or deface any ballot, or willfully delay the delivery of any ballots, shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars (§100) and not exceeding one thousand dollars ;Sl,OpO), or by imprisonment in the penitentiary not less than one year and not exceeding five years, or by both fine and mprisonment. SKC. oO. Any public officer upon whom i duty is imposed by this act who shall ivillfully neglect to perform such duty or who shall willfully perform it in such a way as to hinder tho object of this act or shall disclose to any one except as may be ordered by any court o£ justice, the contents of any ballot, as to tho manner in tvhich the same may have been voted shall bo punished by a fine of not less than jive dollars (£5) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment in the penintentiary for not less than one fear, and not exceeding five years, or by ooth fine and imprisonment. SEC. 31. It shall be the duty of the secretary of state, with the aid anil advice of :he attorney general, to cause 3,000 copies jf this act to be printed immediately, in pamphlet form, with all necessary forms iiid instructions, to assist election officers to carry it into affect, and to distribute the same among the county auditors of the several counties of tiie state. SEC. 33. At all elections to which this let applies, the polls shall be opened at 3ight o'clock in the morning, and shall be closed at six o'clock in the evening, but may be held open until S o'clock in the jvening provided a proclamation was so uade at the time of the opening of the polls. SKC. 33. It shall be the duty of the board : supervisors of each county at their June neeting after the passage of this act, to select two newspapers, one from each of ;he two political parties casting the greatest number of votes for governor at the election in 1891, in which this law shall bo published; provided, that the jayment for such publication shall be ixed by said board ot supervisors, but in 10 case shall it exceed the sum of $30 to ;ach newspaper publishing the same. SVhen the board of supervisors has se- ected the newspapers in which the law shall be published, it shall be the duty of ;he county auditor to certify such action to ;he .'secretary of state, who shall at once luruish to each of said papers a copy of the aw, and upon the receipt by the secretary o( state of a copy of said paper with m affidavit of the publisher, or tmsiness manager, that the law was published in ;ach and every copy of said paper on a certain date (which shall not be later than .hirt-y days after its receipt from the sec- •etary of. state), the secretary of state >hall certify the amount fixed for pay- nent for the publication of this law in said paper to tho state auditor, who shall Iraw his warrant on the state treasurer or the sum named; provided, that the ion-publication of thi.s law, as herein pro- ,-ided, shall not invalidate the law. SEC. 34. That the provisions of this act hall not apply in so far as they may con- lict with chapter 71, acts of the Seven- .eenth general assembly, relating to the Uection of township assessor and road .upemsors. SEC. 35. All acts or parts of actsiucoa- ustent with the provisions of this act are lereby repealed. Approved April 3, 1883. !

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