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tary's office,

the presence of the governor and sheriffs, as
aforesaid, and the governor shall transmit the
proper certificate and cause publication to be
made as aforesaid; and the said poll books shall
be kept in the secretary's office, subject to the Poll books to
inspection of any person who may choose to the secre
examine the same.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the Electors,
persons so elected as electors of president and 5th Decem
vice-president of the United States, shall, on licothe to
Wednesday the fifth day of December next, president,
assemble at the court house in Chillicothe, at
tep o'clock in the forenoon, and proceed to give
their votes for president and vice-president of
the United States, and transmit the votes to the and trans-
president of the senate in congress assembled, to the presa
in the manner and form prescribed and required
by the constitution and laws of the United


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neglect of

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the Judges of
several persons who shall be appointed to con- penalty for
duct the elections of electors of president and duty, etc.
vice-president of the United States, shall, for
neglect of duty or improper conduct, be liable
to the same penalties and forfeitures as is pro-
vided by the act regulating elections in this


clerks, etc.,
to be paid
out of the

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Sheriffs. electors,

the state

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the judges and clerks of the township elections, and clerks of the different counties, shall be paid out of their respective county treasuries, such compensation as the board of commissioners of their

respective counties may direct. The sheriffs of etc., out of the several counties of the state, and electors of

president and vice-president, together with the expenses of publication and transmission of the certificates aforesaid, shall be paid out of the state treasury, such compensation as the general assembly shall, at their next session, provide by law.

ELIAS LANGHAM, Speaker of the house of representatives.


Speaker of the senate. January 20th, 1804.


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each town

Sec. 1. Be it enacteit by the general assembly Townships of the state of Ohio, That the townships of the ed. several counties in this state, as they are or hereafter may be laid out and designated, be and they are hereby formed into bodies politic and corporate, for the purposes of exercising and enjoying the rights and privileges hereinafter enumerated.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That on the Electors in first Monday of April, annually, the electors in ship to meet each and every township, shall assemble at such dns of April, place in their respective townships, as is here- etc. inafter directed, at the hour of ten o'clock in the morning, and when so assembled, to the number of fifteen or upwards, they shall proceed to elect a chairman, who shall preside at the said to elect a meeting, and it shall be his duty to preserve iis duty. order, and he shall have power to cause any and every disorderly person to be removed, and if necessary, confined, until the close of such meeting; and it shall be the duty of each and every constable present, to obey the orders and direc



tions of the said chairman, for the purpose of preserving order and regularity in such meet

ing; and at the same time the electors shall elect Two judges two persons, having the qualifications of elect

ors, as judges of the election, who shall take an oath or affirmation faithfully to discharge the duties of their office.

elected, to
take an


First meeting, where held.

Subsequent meetings to

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the first meeting of the electors under this act, shall be holden at the places appointed by the associate judges, for holding the last annual election, and

ever after, the elections shall be held in such be fixed dy, place, in the respective townships, as shall be etc., in new ordered and directed by the trustees at each the commis preceding meeting, and when any new town

ship is laid off, the board of commissioners shall appoint the place for holding the first meeting, and the place of holding their annual meetings shall be determined as in this section directed.

townships by


Officers to
be chosen.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That after the election of a chairman and judges in manner aforesaid, the electors shall proceed to the election of one township clerk, three trustees, two overseers of the poor, two fence viewers, two appraisers of houses, one of whom shall be lister of taxable property, which lister shall be designated on each election ballot, a sufficient number of supervisors of highways, one or more con


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authority of

stables and one township treasurer, which sev-
eral officers shall continue in office until their
successors shall be chosen and qualified, and
shall, on their respective appointments, take an
oath or affirmation, faithfully and impartially to Shall take
discharge the duties of their respective offices.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, that it shall Duty and
be the duty of the township clerk, to keep fair the clerk.
and accurate records of all the public transac-
tions of the township meetings, to make out
within two days after the election of township
officers, a list of all those of whom, by law, oaths
are required, stating the offices to which they
are respectfully chosen, and the same deliver to
a constable of the township, requiring such con-
stable forthwith to summon such officers to
appear before a justice of the peace, or before
such clerk, within ten days, to take such oaths
or affirmations as may be by law required, which
oaths or affirmations the said clerk is authorized
to administer, and of which he shall make a
record; and in case any township officer shall
take the oath of office before any justice of the
peace, such justice shall file a certificate thereof
with the clerk of the township, who shall make
a record of the same.

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