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R. L., Sec. 2734.
lects to pay over the moneys collected by him in any year, and to settle his accounts as required by this section, he shall be ineligible to re-election to the office of collector for the year ensuing.
SEC. 120. Selectmen, town treasurers, town clerks, overseers of the poor, and all persons authorized to receive or other officers indisburse moneys belonging to a town, shall settle their election, when. accounts with the auditors of such town on or before the first Tuesday of March, annually. And if any such officer refuses or neglects to make such settlement in any year, he shall be ineligible to re-election to the same office for the year ensuing
MANNER OF CONDUCTING ELECTIONS IN
SECTION. 12. Elections in towns of 3,500 in-127. Check-list; additional ballot habitants to be by ballot,
128. Ballot boxes in towns of cer122. Election of certain officers in
counting votes; plurality 131. Town clerks to record names
of persons elected.
deemed to accept; others 125. Three voters may require
to be notified.
less. Penalty for refusal. 126. Vacancies in town office may 134-6. Election of county commisbe filled by election.
on demand,when; list of voters.
Sec. 121. In annual meetings in towns of thirty-five R. L., Sec. 2662. hundred inhabitants which have, at a meeting called for officers by ballot that purpose, voted to so proceed, the moderator shall if demanded in writing by twenty voters present be elected by ballot, and upon similar demand a ballot shall be had for the remaining town officers, and they shall be voted for on one ticket. A list of the names of persons voting shall be kept by the town clerk or by one of the board of civil authority designated by him.
SEC. 122. In other towns having in like manner voted R. L., Sec. 2663: to so proceed, on similar demand of twenty voters, the of certain officers
; moderator, town clerk, first constable and selectmen shall list of voters. be elected by ballot, and, except moderator, upon one ticket, and a similar list of persons voting shall be kept;
List of voters to
as to vote.
Three voters may
and other officers shall be chosen as the annual meeting
directs. R. L., Sec. 2664. Proceedings upon
SCE. 123. When a ballot is had as provided in sections ballot, counting two thousand five hundred and fifteen and two thousand votes; plurality elects. 'Tie. five hundred and sixteen, [$ $ 121, 122], the polls shall
be kept open a reasonable time, and fifteen minutes' notice of their close shall be given. The votes shall be counted by the members of the board of civil authority present, and the person having the greatest number for any office shall be declared elected to that office; and if two persons receive such greatest number, further ballotings, if demanded as by law provided, shall be had until an election is made; otherwise an election may be made as the meeting
directs. R. L., Sec. 2665. Sec. 124. The list of the names of persons voting when be filed; evidence kept at a town meeting, shall be filed in the town clerk's
office; and such list or a certified copy shall be evidence in courts that the persons whose names appear thereon
voted as indicated. R. L., Sec. 2666. SEC. 125. In towns which do not proceed as provided require ballot, in the four preceding sections, the moderator, town clerk,
selectmen, treasurer, overseer of the poor, constable, superintendent of schools, grand jurors and listers shall be
elected by ballot, when required by three voters present. R. L., Sec. 2667. Sec. 126. Any town meeting may, agreeably to the filled by election provisions of the preceding sections, fill vacancies in town
offices. R. L., Sec. 2656. SEC. 127 On petition in writing by twenty or more Check-list; addițional ballot voters in a town where the number of inhabitants does
not exceed four thousand, or, if the number exceeds four thousand, without petition, the selectmen shall make a check-list of voters in town meeting. And such check-list shall be made and used in town meetings in the manner provided for check-list of voters in freemen's meetings, and additional ballot boxes may be used as in
freemen’s meetings. R. L., Sec. 2657. SEC. 128. In towns as specified in section one of this towns of certain act [§ 103*], the board of civil authority may direct the population.
opening of not exceeding ten sets of ballot boxes at different places in the room where an election is held, and may divide the check-list into the same number of parts ; and no person shall vote except at the place provided for that portion of the list which contains his name.
Ballot boxes in
§ 103 of this compilation at the time of the enactment of § 128 read "seven thousand" in the second line.
Sec. 129. The moderator shall be the presiding officer R. Lo Sec. 2676; of town meetings, shall decide questions of order and make duties at elecpublic declaration of votes passed; and when a vote declared by him is immediately questioned by seven voters present, shall poll the voters or divide the meeting, unless the town has provided some other procedure in such cases.
Sec. 130. He shall preserve order in the conduct of R. L., Sec. 2677. business and in debate ; and if a person after notice is per. serve order. sistently disorderly and refuses to withdraw from the meeting, he may cause him to be removed, calling upon the constable or other person for that purpose, and contine him until the meeting is adjourned ; and a person so refusing to withdraw when ordered to do so, shall forfeit not more than twenty dollars to the town.
SEC. 131. Town clerks shall record the votes, resolu- R.L., Sec, 2678. tions and by-laws, passed at town meetings, and the names record names of of persons elected to town offices.
SEC. 132. A person present at the meeting electing B. L., Sec. 2670. him to a town office shall be treated as accepting unless he when declines and is excused by the meeting. If not present he others to be notishall be served with a written notice, signed by the clerk fied. and served by the constable. The constable shall make return of such service to the town clerk within ten days, or be fined not more than five dollars to the use of the town.
SEC. 133. A person elected or appointed to a town . L., Sec. 2671, office shall serve unless he has good reasons for not serving,
Penalty for reor others are unjustly exempted from service. If he re- fusal. fuses to serve or be sworn on demand of the town clerk or a selectman, without such excuse, he shall forfeit to the town not more than ten dollars.
elected, deemed to accept;
Persons elected to serve unless,
Sec. 134. A county commissioner shall be chosen R. L., Sec. 3787. annually on the first Tuesday of March by the voters of Comety Commisthe several towns in each county. Notice of the election Warning. shall be given by the selectnien of the respective towns, as is provided for town meetings; and a certificate of votes Certificate of for such commissioner shall be forwarded by town clerks to the clerk of the county in which such towns are situated on or before the second Tuesday in the next April.
Sec. 135. The box for receiving votes for commissioner B. L., Sec. 3788. shall be opened not later than twelve o'clock, noon, and re- and closing ballot main open until three o'clock in the afternoon. The mayor and board of aldermen of cities shall cause a box to be
placed to receive votes for commissioner in each ward of a city, at the annual election in March, at the usual polling
places in the wards of such city; and the inspectors of elecCanvass and re- tions in such wards shall canvass the votes for commissioner
and make return of the same to the city clerk immediately after the election is held.
Sec. 136. The county clerk shall on the second TuesCounty clerk to
day in April canvass the votes so returned and declare the person having the greatest number of votes elected commissioner, and shall issue to such person a certificate of his clection and make proclamation of such election in one or more newspapers.
R. L., Sec. 8789.
canvass votes and issue certificate.
OFFENSES AGAINST THE PURITY OF ELEC
SECTION. 137. Bribery: penalty for
145. Receiving or counting illegal 138. One voting knowing that he is vote. unqualified.
146. Non performance of duties as 139. Voter casting more than one to elections. ballot.
147. Voter omitted from check-list 140. Aiding unqualified person to by his fault, voting elsevote.
bribery, threats, or other- in check-list.
149. Perjury before board making
150. Personation of another in 143. Voting in more than one town. voting; offering vote under 144. False
to presiding fictitious name. officer, or board, on right to 151. Betting on election. vote.
SEC. 137. All elections, whether by the people or the const., Sec. 31th. Legislature, shall be free and voluntary: and any elector and voluntary
Penalty for who shall receive any gift or reward for his vote, in meat, bribery. drink, moneys or otherwise, shall forfeit his right to elect at that time, and suffer such other penalty as the law shall direct; and any person who shall directly or indirectly, give, promise, or bestow, any such rewards to be elected, shall thereby be rendered incapable to serve for the ensuing year, and be subject to such further punishment as a future Legislature shall direct.
SEC 138. A person who, knowing that he is not a qual. B. L., Sec. 4290. ified voter, gives in a vote at a town, village, school district knowing he or freemen's meeting for an officer to be elected at such meeting, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars.
Sec. 139. A legal voter who knowingly gives in at an R. L., Sec. 4291, election more than one ballot at any one time of balloting for the same office shail be fined not more than one hundred dollars, if the offense is committed in freemen's meeting, and not more than ten dollars if the offense is committed in town meeting, in which last case the offenders shall be prosecuted by the town agent and the penalty shall go to the town.
Voter casting more than one ballot.