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and shall in.
under penalty o $1000.
Governor to make certificates
auch Elector e
election, and shall indorse a certificate of having administered dorse certificate such oath or affirmation on the poll book or packet dejivered to upun poll book. him, and shall moreover give the judge, delivering the poll
book, a receipt for the same, which receipt the judges shall file
with the clerk of the proper county; and the said sheriff, on Sheriff to detiver pull book to see the receipt of the poll books, shall deliver or cause the same to retary of State be delivered to the Secretary of State, at his office, within ele
of ven days after the election, under the penalty of one thousand dollars, to be recovered as is provided in the third section of this act.
Sec. 5. That the said poll books, on the twelfth day after Poll books to be the election , shall be opened by the Secretary of State, in the opened by secre presence of the Governor, and the aforesaid sheriffs, or such of tary of State and
them as choose to attend; the Secretary shall cause the poll Secretary to books as they are opened to be read aloud, and shall make out make an ab. stract.
a fair abstract of the names of the persons voted for, and the
number of votes given to each, and the Governor shall forth with
aten make out, for the persons having the greatest namber of votes, and transmit to certificates of their having been duly elected Electors of Presi.
sedent and Vice President of the United States, and transmit, by bacted, and cause election to be special messenger, the proper certificate to each person so published.
elected, and shall cause the election of Electors to be publish. ed in the newspapers printed at the seat of government; but if more than the number of persons to be elected, have the great
est and an equal number of votes, then the election of those Votes equal, e.
le having such equal number of votes, shall be determined by lot, cided by lot. to be drawn by the Secretary of State, in the presence of the
Governor and sheriffs aforesaid; 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 Secreta. ry's office, subject to the inspection of any person, who may choose to examine the same.
Sec. 6. That the Electors who shall be chosen as aforesaid, Blectors to meet holi t *shali, at twelve o'clock on the day which is or may be directed
alvo daleko erument and by the Congress of the United States, meet at the seat of go
vernment of this State, and shall then and there perform the duty.
duties enjoined upon them, by the constitution and laws of the United States.
Sec. 7. That the several persons who shall be appointed to Persons who conduct the election of Electors of President and Vice Presiconduct election dent of the United States, shall, for neglect of duty, or for im
proper conduct, be liable to the same penalties and forfeitures as are or may be provided by the law for regulating elections in this State.
Sec. 8. That each Elector of President and Vice President Electors to give of the United States, shall, before the hour of twelve o'clock, notice tn gover. on the day next preceding the day fixed by the law of Congress,
to elect a President and Vice President of the United States, give notice to the Governor, that he is at the seat of government, and ready at the proper time, to perform the duties of
fection to be de
at seat of gov.
liable for neg. lect.
nor when met.
liver to Electors
votes, etc. to be
an Elector, and the Governor shall forthwith deliver to the
Governor to de Electors present, a certificate of all the names of the Electors; liver and if on examination thereof, it should be found, that one or a list of all the more of said Electors are absent, and shall fail to appear be." fore nine o'clock in the morning of the day of election of President and Vice President as aforesaid, the Electors then pregent shall immediately proceed to elect by ballot, in the pre-to fill vacancies sence of the Governor, a person or persons to fill such vacancy or vacancies, as may have occurred through the non-attendance of one or more of the Electors,
Sec. 9. That if more than the number of persons required, to fill the vacancy or vacancies as aforesaid, shall have the Equal and highrgreatest and an equal number of votes, then the election of est number.o those having such equal and highest number of votes, shall be determined up determined by lot, to be drawn by the Governor, in the pre-fol. sence of the Electors attending; otherwise he or they, to the number required having the greatest number of votes, shall be considered elected to fill such vacancy or vacancies
Sec. 10. That immediately after such choice is made in manner aforesaid, the name or names of the person or persons thus chosen to be so chosen, shall forthwith be certified to the Governor, by the certified to Gov. Electors making such choice, and the Governor shall cause immediate notice in writing to be given to each and every of tor chosen to fill the Electors chosen to fill such vacancy or vacancies as afore-vacancy. said; and the said person or persons so elected and notified, Electa and not the person or persons in whose place he or they shall sen and not have been chosen, shall be Electors, and shall meet the other those
S elected shall be Electors at the same time and place, and then and there dis- Electors. charge all and singular the duties enjoined on him or them, as Electors as aforesaid, by the Constitution and laws of the Uni.. ted States and of this State.
Sec. 11. That the sheriffs of the different counties shall Sheriffs' fees for each receive for his services performed under this act, the fol-duties under its lowing fees, to wit: for advertising the election of Electors, the sum of fifty cents for each township within his county; for attending at the seat of justice, to receive the township returns, the sum of two dollars; for delivering the poll books to the Secretary of State, at his office, the sum of two dollars for every twenty-five miles travel, to and from the seat of government, the distance to be estimated from their respective seats of justice, on the most usual rout to the seat of government; which to be paid by fees shall be allowed by the Auditor, on the certificate of the Treasurer of Secretary of State, and paid by the Treasurer of State.
Sec. 12. That each and every Elector who shall attend as at Elector at the seat of Government as aforesaid, shall be en- Electorssa titled to receive three dollars for each and every day's attend- how patd. ənce, and three dollars for every twenty-five miles travel, of the estimated distance by the most usual rout, from his place of residence to the seat of government, and the like sum for returning; which sum shall be allowed by the Auditor, on the
Electors so cho
Compensation of general assem.
certificate of the Governor, and paid by the Treasurer, out of
any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated: ProProviso, in case vided, however, That when a member of the General Assembly of member of the
sem shall be appointed an Elector, he shall not be entitled to the bly.
compensation herein allowed.
Sec. 13. That the judges and clerks of the township elections,
held under this act, and the clerks of the different counties, shall Compensation of judges and clerks
der kg be paid the like compensation, out of their respective county
treasuries, and in like manner, as they are entitled to for similar services under and by virtue of the act entitled, “An act to regulate elections."
JOSEPH RICHARDSON, Speaker of the House of Representatives. ALLEN TRIMBLE,
Speaker of the Senate. February 15, 1820.
AN ACT to regulate elections...
provisions of this act.
except Cincinnati, to compose an
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of What officers Ohio, That all elections hereafter to be holden for governor,
he sheriff, coroner, county auditor, county assessor, county com
missioners, county treasurer, county recorder, senators and representatives to the general assembly, and representatives to congress, shall be held and conducted in the manner prescribed in this act.
Sec. 2. That each township in the several counties, except Each township, the township of Cincinnati, in the county of Hamilton, sball
han compose an election district; the elections to be held at such election district. place as the trustees in each township shall direct; and each
ward of the city of Cincinnati shall compose an election dis- Each ward in
trict; the elections therein to be held at such places as the compose an elec- members of the city council, for their respective wards, shall
direct: and in all elections holden under this act, they shall serve as judges, and perform the duties required of township trustees in like cases.
Sec. 3. That the sheriffs of the several counties shall cause vide Wallot" tox to be provided, at the expense of the county, a ballot box for for each town: each township which may be destitute of the same, and cause it ship.
to be deposited with the township clerk; whose duty it shall be Township clerk to preserve the same, for the use of the elections, and carry said to carry box and ballot box, with a copy of the laws containing this act, to the copy of this act lection place of holding elections in his township, when, and as often
as it may be necessary, to meet and vote for officers under this act.
Sec. 4. That it shall be the duty of the sheriff, and he is Sheriff to give hereby authorized and required, fifteen days at least before time of holding the holding of any general election, or ten days before the
Sheriff to pro
to the election,
notice of the
he election, and
lerks of the
holding of any special election, to give public notice by pro-. clamation, throughout his county, of the time of holding such number of ottielection, and the number of officers at that time to be chosen; cers to be choscn. one copy of which shall be set up at each of the places where the elections are appointed to be holden, and inserted in some newspaper published in the county, if any be published therein.
Sec. 5. That at all elections to be holden under this act, the poll shall be opened between the hours of eight and ten in Time of opening
and closing the the morning, and closed at four in the afternoon of the same polls." day; except in the city of Cincinnati, where the polls shall be opened between the hours of eight and ten in the morning, and closed at six in the afternoon.
Sec. 6. That at all elections to be holden under this act, the trustees of the several townships shall serve as judges, and the Who shall be
udges and clerk of each township, and such other person as the judges i sball choose, shall serve as clerks of the clection; who, toge- election. ther with the judges aforesaid, shall receive seventy-five cents Their compensa per day each, as a compensation for their services, to be paid tion. out of the treasury of their proper county..
Sec. 7. That if either of the trustees, common councilmen or clerk of any township, shall fail to attend at the time and In certain cases
the electors shal place of holding elections, or if either of them should be a can- choose judges didate, then it shall be the duty of the electors present to and clerks. choose, viva voce, suitable persons, (as the case may require,) having the qualifications of electors, to act as judges, or clerk, (as the case may be) of the election: and previous to any votes being received, each judge and clerk, not being a trustee or Persons thus
I elected to take clerk of the township, shall take an oath or affirmation, which an oath. may be administered by a justice of the peace, trustee or clerk of the township, in the following form: “You, A. B. do solemnly swear, (or affirm, as the case may be) that you will perform the form of the
duties of a judge or clerk of this election, (as the case may be) oathe i according to law and the best of your abilities; and that you
will studiously endeavor to prevent fraud, deceit or abuse, in conducting the same."
Sec. 8. That if any trustee, common councilman, or township, clerk, shall refuse to discharge the duties imposed by law, or if sing to serve as those who may be chosen to act in their stead shall refuse to act, judge or clerk. the person so offending shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding ten dollars, for the use of the county in which he or they may reside; to be recovered, with costs, before any justice of the peace of the township, in an action of debt.
Sec. 9. That each elector shall, in full view, deliver to one Manner of co of the judges of the clection, a single ballot or piece of paper, ting. on which shall be written or printed the names of the persons voted for, with a pertinent designation of the office which he Elector not to or they may be intended to fill; but no elector shall vote, except you
P township. in the township in which he resides: Provided, That notbing in this section contained, shall be so construed as to prevent any elector from voting for State and county officers, in any
Penalty for refu.
vote out of his
claim the name
Penalty for vo farnehin er word at the same al
Judges may ex. amine elector on
his right to vote and may exa
other township of the county in which he may reside, during the term of his actual employment in the business of his trade, occupation or profession, in such other township.
Sec. 10. That the judge to whom any ticket shall be deliJudge receiving vered, shall, upon the receipt thereof, pronounce with an audithe ticket to pro- ble voice the name of the elector; and if no objections be of elector, etc. made to him, and the jadges be satisfied that the elector is a
citizen of the United States, and legally entitled, agreeably to the constitution and laws of this State, to vote at the election,
he shall immediately put the ticket in the box, without inspect Clerk to enter ing the names written thereon; and the clerks of the election name in poll shall enter the name of the elector, and number, in the poll
books, agreeably to the form pointed out in the twentieth section of this act.
Sec. 11. That if any person shall vote in more than one chany u w township or ward, at the same election, he sball, on conviction one township or thereof, be fined in the sum of fifty dollars, and be imprisoned ward.
in the jail of the county for any time not exceeding ten days, at the discretion of the court.
Sec. 12. That where objections are made to an elector, and
an in all other cases where it is unknown to either of the judges, oath, touching whether the person offering his ballot has a right to vote at that
C. election, the judges shall have power to examine such person mime witnesses. on oath or affirmation, touching his qualifications as an elector;
and they may also inquire into the qualifications of such elector, on the oath or affirmation of some disinterested witness or witnesses; which oath or affirmation, either of the judges is hereby authorized to administer.
Sec. 13. That at the close of the polls, the poll books shall Pou books to be be signed by the judges, and attested by the clerks; agd the signed by judges names therein contained shall be counted, and the number set clerks.
” down at the foot of the poll books, in the manner hereinafter provided in the form of the poll books.
Sec. 14. That after the poll books are signed, in the manner Manner of exa hereinafter contained, in the form of the poll books, the baliot muning and disposing of the
boxes shall be opened, and the tickets or ballots therein conbalots. tained shall be taken out, one at a time, by one of the judges,
who shall read distinctly, while the ticket remains in his hands, the name or names contained therein, and then deliver it to the second judge, who shall examine the same, and pass it to the third judge, who shall string it on a thread, and carefully preserve the same: the same method shall be observed, in respect to each of the tickets in the ballot box, until the number of tickets taken out of the ballot box is equal to the number of names in the poll book.
Sec. 15. That the clerks shall enter in separate columns, Clerks to enter under the names of the persons voted for, as hereinafter provi. by the judges.
dded in the form of the poll books, all the votes so as aforesaid
read by the judges. Ballots rolled to Sec. 16. That when two or more ballots are found folded on
and attested by
the votes as read