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May, and the same shall be accepted by said board as
prima facie evidence of such residence, or he shall present
a certificate from the assessors that he has been a resident
for the six months next preceding the election at which
he claims the right to vote, and the same shall be accepted
by said board as prima facie evidence of such residence.
If a male person was a resident of the city on the first
day of May, and was not assessed a poll tax by the
assessors of said city on the first day of May, such per-
son, in order to establish his right to be assessed, shall
appear before the board of assessors, accompanied by two
witnesses who shall testify under oath that they are regis-
tered voters of the ward in which he desires to be
assessed, and who shall also testify under oath to the
truth of the statement of the applicant in regard to his
right to be assessed at the place claimed by him as a legal

residence on the first day of May. Evidence of

45. Every male person moving into said city subseresidence.

quently to the first day of May, and claiming the right 1895, c. 61,

to vote at an election and desiring to be registered by § 2.

said board, shall appear before the board of assessors,
accompanied by two witnesses who shall testify under
oath that they are registered voters of the ward in
which he desires to be registered, and who shall also
testify under oath to the truth of the statement of the
applicant in regard to his being a resident of the city
for the six months next preceding the election at which
he claims the right to vote. The assessors shall give
the applicant a certificate stating that he has complied

with the provisions of this section.
Records to 46. The assessors shall, in a book provided for that
be kept,

purpose, enter the name and residence of each person copies of

thus assessed or certified, and also opposite each name posted, etc. the names, occupations and residences of the parties who

have testified under oath as above provided. In every
place where voters are registered, said board, and in every
place where oaths are administered under this act, the
assessors, shall post in a conspicuous place a copy of
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sixteen, of chapter four hundred and seventeen of the acts
of the year eighteen hundred and ninety-three, printed on
white paper with black ink, in type not less than one
quarter of an inch wide.

47. The assessors shall hold such day and such even- Sessions of ing sessions as shall be necessary to carry out the provi- 1895, c. 61, sions of this act.

§ 4. 48. If an applicant for registration is a naturalized cit- Registraizen, said board shall require him to produce for inspec

naturalized tion his papers of naturalization, and to make oath that he

citizen, etc. is the identical person named therein, and shall, if satis- 1893, c. 417, fied that the applicant has been legally naturalized, make $ 50. upon his papers a memorandum of the date of such inspection. Said board shall not be obliged to require the production of papers of naturalization which have once been examined, and of which record has been made in the general register, as required by the provisions of this title.

49 If said board are satisfied upon examination that of minor. an applicant for registration possesses all the qualifications of a voter, except that of age, and will on or before the day of the next election attain the required age, they shall place the name of the applicant upon the registers for registration.

50. In case said board shall decline to register the Applicant name of any person examined for registration, and re

fied of rejecported to them therefor by any registrar, they shall notify

tion, etc. such person of their declining so to register his name, and Ibid. § 52. give him a reasonable opportunity to be heard by them upon his application. They shall likewise in case of rejection of an applicant who appears before them inform him of such rejection.

51. Said board shall, from time to time, revise and Revision correct the general register and the current annual regis

tion of reg. ter in accordance with any facts which may be presented to them, and they shall strike therefrom the name of every Ibid. $ 53. deceased person which has been transmitted to them by the city registrar in accordance with the provisions of section twenty-three of chapter four hundred and seven

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teen of the acts of eighteen hundred and ninety-three; but after the name of a voter has been placed upon the current annual register, they shall not strike it therefrom or change the place of residence as given thereon, unless the voter has deceased, or until they have sent a notification to him of their intention so to do, offering him an

opportunity to be heard in the matter. Illegal or 52. If a complaint in writing under oath shall be made,

in said city seven days at least, before an election to registra.

said board by a registered voter, stating that he has 1893, c. 417,

reason to believe and does believe that a certain per$ 54: son by him therein named has been illegally or incor1895, C. 355. rectly registered, and setting forth the reasons for such

belief, said board shall examine into such complaint, and, if satisfied that there is sufficient ground therefor, shall summon the person complained of to appear before them at a certain place and time, before the next election, to answer to the matters set forth in the complaint; and the substance of the complaint and a copy of this and the following section shall be set forth in the

Service of the summons shall be made, by an summons, officer qualified to serve civil or criminal process, not more

than fourteen days nor less than twenty-four hours before the day named for appearance, by the delivery of a copy of the summons to the person therein summoned, or by the leaving of such copy at his last and usual place of abode known to the officer; and the officer shall return the summons to said board before the day named for appearance, with a certificate of his doings indorsed thereon.

53. When a person summoned before said board to tion, etc., answer a complaint made in accordance with the preced

ing section, appears before them, they shall examine him register or erasure of under oath, and shall receive other evidence which may

be offered in regard to the matters set forth in the com1893, c. 417, plaint; and, if satisfied that the person is properly regis

tered as a qualified voter, they shall enter in the register a statement of their determination upon the facts required for registration; if, however, they are satisfied that the

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person so appearing is not a qualified voter in said city, or if a person duly summoned in the manner aforesaid shall fail to appear as directed in the summons, without sufficient cause for his failure being shown, they shall strike his name from the register.

54. Said board shall promptly transmit to the as- Notices to sessors of said city notice of every error which they shall assessors.

1894, C. 271, discover in the name or residence of a person assessed

$ 5. therein.

55. Said board shall, in the performance of their duties, Sessions act in open session, and not secretly. They shall in every case announce the name of an applicant for registration in a clear, audible and distinct tone of voice, before entering public, etc. his name on the general register of voters. They shall 1993, C. 417, keep all their records open at suitable times to public $ 57. inspection.

56. Said board shall cause all written complaints and to preserve certificates received by them under the provisions of the documents various sections of this title, and all other documents in their custody relating to registration, to be preserved for Ibid. $ 58. a period of two years after the respective dates thereof.

57. Every registration officer shall have authority to Authorized enforce regularity in all proceedings had before him, and to maintain

order, etc. to maintain order at and about the place where a session is held, or applications for registration are received, and to keep the access thereto open and unobstructed.

58. The board or officer in charge of the police force Police of said city shall, when requested so to do by said board

meetings. of election commissioners, detail a sufficient number of Ibid. $ 60. police officers to attend any meeting held by registration officers in the performance of their duties, and to preserve order and enforce the directions of said registration officers.

59. The governor, with the consent of the council, Supervisors shall, on the petition of not less than ten qualified voters of registraof a city, appoint two supervisors of registration for

Ibid. § 61. each place of registration in such city named in the petition. The two supervisors for each place of registration shall be appointed, one from each of the two

Ibid. $ 59.

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leading political parties, to serve for the term of one year from the date of their appointment. The supervisors shall attend all sessions or meetings for registration held at the places for which they are appointed, and either of them may attach to any book or papers there used for purposes of registration, any statement touching the truth or fairness of the proceedings, which he may deem proper, and may add thereto his signature or other marks for the purpose of identification.

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