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AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE COMPILING,
PRINTING AND DISTRIBUTION OF LAWS RELATING TO ELECTIONS, QUALIFICATION OF VOTERS, AND THE NATURALIZATION OF FOREIGN BORN CITIZENS.
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the Siate of Vermont :
SEC. 1. The Governor is hereby authorized and required to appoint some suitable person to compile all laws of this State that may be in force on the first day of January, 1885, relating to elections and the qualification of voters in freeman [freemen's] and town meetings, together with the statutes of this State and of the United States relating to naturalization.
Sec. 2. Three thousand 'copies of such compilation shall in January 1885 be printed, and bound in paper at the expense of the State and distributed as follows: to each organized town or city in this State having more than three thousand inhabitants ten copies, and to each town or city having less than three thousand inhabitants six copies, to be kept at the town or city clerk's office for the use of the town or city clerk, first constable and board of civil authority; the balance shall be kept in the State Library for distribution under the direction of the librarian.
Sec. 3. This act shall take effect from its passage.
To his Excellency,
Governor of Vermont, Sir:-I have the honor to submit to you the following compilation prepared under the authority of your commission. The purpose of the act under which the commission was issued was manifestly to provide a manual of the election laws of the State, not for the use of lawyers or legislators, but for the service of laymen, and especially of the officials who have in charge our election machinery. I have therefore not thought it necessary or wise in the marginal references to trace the origin of the sections beyond the Revised Laws or to cite any cases from the Vermont Reports. I have only attempted to bring together under a simple and natural plan the laws of this State which provide how voters are made, what officers are elected in freemen's and town meetings and who are eligible candidates, how the elections are conducted in those meetings, and what sanctions the Legislature has thrown around the purity of the ballot.
I should acknowledge the free use which I have made of the excellent work of the editors of the Revised Laws in the arrangement, the annotations and index of this compilation.
Very respectfully yours,
GEO. W. WALES,
Commissioner. Burlington, January, 1885.