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seven days before the day prescribed for the holding thereof.
173. All notices or warrants for meetings for the To specify election of state and city officers shall specify what officers,
questions, officers are to be elected or voted for at such meetings, and whenever a proposed amendment to the con- 1893, c. 417, stitution or other question is to be submitted to the § 148. people, shall contain a copy of the proposed amendment printed in full and of any other question so to be submitted. They shall specify the time when the polls for Time of the choice of the several officers will be opened, and they opening
and closing shall further specify, in cities, when the polls will be
In cities, meetings for the election of state and city in cities, officers may be opened as early as six o'clock in the fore- time of noon, and shall be opened as early as ten o'clock in the opening
and closing forenoon. The polls shall be kept open six hours at least,
meetings, but in no case shall be kept open after the hour of sun- etc. set, except as provided in section one hundred and fiftyfour (one hundred and eighty of this digest) of said chapter four hundred and seventeen.
CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS.
174. The presiding election officer at each polling city elec.
place in said city shall, on the day of any election of tions, posting of in.
state or city officers, before the opening of the polls, open structions, the package containing the cards of instruction, specimen
ballots and copies of any proposed amendments to the 1895, C. 275, constitution, which have been received for such polling $ 1.
place, and shall cause not less than three such cards and three such copies, if any, and not less than five specimen ballots to be posted in and about the polling place outside the guard rail, and shall also cause the cards of instruction and a copy of any proposed amendment to be posted at or in each marking shelf or compartment inside the guard
rail; and no other poster, card, handbill, placard, picture, handbills,
or circular, except a paster to be placed upon the official etc., not to
ballot, intended to influence the action of the voter, shall lated, etc. be posted, circulated, or distributed in the polling place,
in the building in which the polling place is located, or on the walls thereof, or on the premises on which the
building stands, or on the sidewalk adjoining the premDelivery of ises where such election is being held. The presiding
election officer at each polling place shall, at the opening ballot
of the polls at any such election, publicly break the seals of the packages containing the ballots for distribution at such polling place, open the packages, and deliver the
ballots to the ballot clerks. Penalty. 175. Whoever violates the above provisions of chapter Ibid. § 2.
two hundred and seventy-five of the acts of eighteen hundred and ninety-five shall be punished by a fine not exceeding twenty dollars.
176. The state ballot boxes, furnished in accordance boxes to be with the provisions of said chapter four hundred and used, etc. 1893, c. 417,
seventeen shall be used for receiving the ballots in all state $ 150.
elections in cities, in all city elections, and also in takin the vote upon any proposed amendment to the constitution, upon the question of granting licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquors, and upon any other question submitted by statute to the voters of the Commonwealth or of any
to be shown
city for which ballots are by law provided at the expense of the Commonwealth, or of any city. The election At opening officers at each polling place shall, at the opening of the of polls, box polls and before any ballots are received, publicly open to be empty. the ballot box, and ascertain by personal examination, and publicly show that the same is empty, and shall immediately thereafter lock or fasten the box. The clerk of the Record, precinct shall make a record of the condition of the box custody of register, and, if a key is used, it shall be taken and re
key. tained by the police officer in attendance at the polling place. The ballot box shall not, after it is shown to be in to be empty, be removed from public view until all public view. ballots have been removed therefrom and the box has been relocked or sealed. No ballot shall be removed Opening, from the ballot box while the polls are open, and the box removal of shall not be opened until the polls are closed, except that,
ballots, etc. in order to make room for the deposit of all the ballots cast, the presiding officer may, in the presence of all the election officers, open the box and pack and press down the ballots therein.
The presiding officer of each polling place of said city Ballot box, shall have charge of the ballot box and ballot box seal, etc., to be and shall, at the close of each election, return the same, presiding
in charge of either personally, or by the hand of the police officer officer, rein attendance at the polling place, to the board of elec- turn, etc. tion commissioners.
If for any cause it shall become impossible at any such State ballot election, or in taking any such vote, to use the state bal- boxes, prolot box, the voting shall proceed in such manner as the ceedings presiding officer of such polling place shall direct, and in possible to such case the clerk thereof shall make a record of the use. facts pertaining to the failure to use such ballot box, and shall enclose an attested copy of such record in the envelope with the ballots cast at such election or in taking such vote. The foregoing provisions as to the use and custody Provisions of the state ballot box shall, so far as applicable, apply to substituted the ballot box substituted therefor. 177. One of the voting lists of the voting pre
lists, deliv. cinct transmitted by said board shall be delivered to ery and use.
1893, c. 417, the ballot clerks, and the other voting list shall be § 151.
Political represen. tation at
Statements not to be
delivered to the election officers in charge of the ballot box, and such lists shall be used by them respectively in checking the names of voters both when receiving their ballots and when depositing their ballots. The
officers in charge of the ballot box and of the voting list box and list. used thereat shall be of different political parties.
178. No election officer shall, before the public declara
tion of the vote at an election, make any statement of the made prior
number of ballots cast, the number of votes given for any tion of vote. person, the name of any person who has voted, the name 1893, c. 417, of any person which has not been voted on, or of any § 152.
other fact tending to show the state of the polls. Persons 179.
other than the election officers, superpermitted
visors and voters admitted in accordance with the proviguard rail.
sions of said chapter four hundred and seventeen shall, Ibid. § 153. during the progress of an election and until public declara
tion of the vote has been made, be permitted inside the guard rail, except by authority of the election officers for the purpose of keeping order and enforcing the law.
180. No more than four voters, besides election officers and supervisors, in excess of the number of marking
shelves or compartments provided, shall be allowed at one guard rail.
time within the space enclosed by the guard rail, and, except the election officers and supervisors, no voters shall
be admitted therein after the time fixed for closing the deposit of
polls, but voters previously admitted shall be allowed a
period not exceeding five minutes succeeding the time so polls.
fixed, within which to deposit their ballots. Presiding 181. The presiding officer at each polling place in a officers, city for the time being, shall secure the observance of general
all provisions of this title relative to the duties of elec
tion officers. He shall possess full authority to mainIbid. § 156. tain regularity and order and to enforce obedience to
his lawful commands, during an election, and during the canvass and counting of the votes after the closing of the polls, and shall have full authority to preserve peace and good order at and around the polling place and to keep the access thereto open and unobstructed, and he may require any police officer, constable or other person present to communicate his orders and directions, and to assist in the enforcement of such authority.
Voters al. lowed within
Ibid. § 154
ballots at close of
powers and duties.
182. The board or officer in charge of the police Police force of said city shall detail a sufficient number of officers, police officers who shall be stationed at each polling order, etc. place in said city at every election therein, to preserve 1893, c. 417, order and to protect the election officers and super- $ 157. visors from any interference with or obstruction in the performance of their respective duties, and to aid in enforcing the provisions of said chapter four hundred and seventeen.*
183. Any person who, during an election, shall, in Person a polling place or place of such meeting, smoke, or have smoking or
having in his possession, a lighted pipe, cigar, or cigarette, or
liquor, etc., carry into any such place, or keep therein any intoxicat- to be reing liquor, shall be deemed guilty of disorderly con-moved.
Ibid. $ 158. duct; and the presiding officer at such election shall order a person so offending to remove any such pipe, cigar, cigarette, or liquor, or to withdraw from such place, and shall cause any person who refuses or fails to obey such order to be removed from such polling place or place of meeting
184. If a person shall at an election refuse to obey the Offender to lawful commands of the presiding officer at a polling place, be detained,
etc., but not or, by disorderly conduct in the presence or hearing of an
prohibited election officer, shall interrupt or disturb his proceedings, from vot. the presiding officer may make an order directing any con- ing. stable, or police officer, or other person, to take the person so offending into custody and detain him until the final canvass and counting of the votes shall be completed, unless the presiding officer shall order his previous release; but such order of detention shall be so enforced as not to probibit the person so taken into custody, if a voter at such polling place, from voting at such election.
185. The presiding officer at a polling place, or such Duties of other election officer as may be cognizant thereof, shall officers forth with report to the police officer in attendance at the when law is polling place, any violation of the provisions of this title, Ibid. $ 160. and such police officer shall see that the offender is duly brought before the proper court.
* Acts 1889, C. 423, allows appointment of special police for elections.
Ibid. § 159.