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purposes for each precinct. Said persons shall constitute the Board of Precinct Registration for said precinct, and shall serve for two years, unless sooner removed by the Board. In selecting officers of Precinct Registration the Commissioners shall take care to select as nearly as possible an equal number of persons of different political faith and opinions to serve in each precinct.
OF THE REGISTRAR.
SECTION 1. The Registrar shall keep his office open
for business every day in the year (legal holidays other than days of election excepted), from nine o'clock in the forenoon till five o'clock in the afternoon, or during such office hours as the Board may prescribe, and he shall be in attendance thereat during said hours, except when absent on official business. The Registrar, his Deputy and assistants, and also the Election Commissioners and the members of Boards of Precinct Registration, shall have power to administer oaths and affirmations in all matters touching elections, the duties of their offices, and the registration of voters or inquiry into their qualifications.
SEC. 2. The Registrar shall keep in his office an alphabetical list of all deaths of adult males, occurring in said city and county, as well as of the deaths of such resident citizens of said city and county as may come to his knowledge, who have died elsewhere. He shall also keep a list of all removals from said city and county, or changes of residence therein, so far as he can learn the same, and of commitments to prisons and insane asylums, with time and place, as well as such other information as shall be useful. It shall be the duty of all Public Officers, on demand, to furnish to said Registrar certified statements of such facts, within their knowledge, as pertain to his duties.
SEC. 3. The Registrar, under and subject to the rules of the Board, must take charge of the business of placing the Election Officers, and when it is too late to call the Board together to fill vacancies, may select and appoint Election Officers for said purpose, from a list of substitutes selected by said Board. Should any Election Officer fail to appear at the opening of any election, or
at any time during the progress thereof, the officers in attendance may, subject to such rules as the Board may prescribe, fill the vacancy by appointing any competent citizen who is a registered elector of the precinct. In all cases in filling a vacancy the appointee shall be taken from the same political party as that of the person whose place is to be filled.
Sec. 4. The Registrar shall obtain from the Assessment Book and registers of voters of said city and county the names of the resident citizens possessing the necessary qualifications to act as Officers and Clerks of Election, taking care to select persons of good character, and have their names placed in a book, so as readily to refer to their places of residence and the precincts in which they vote. Said Board shall select from the book so prepared, all Election Officers provided for by law or by this Charter for said city and county, and shall appoint them for their respective places. They must be electors of said city and county, and able to read, write and speak the English language. In selecting such officers the Board must select, as nearly as possible, an equal number of persons of different political faith and opinions to serve at each precinct. The persons so selected must be residents of the precinct for which they are appointed.
OF ELECTION OFFICERS.
SECTION 1. It is hereby made the duty of any and all voters in said city and county to serve as officers of election, and clerks, when required so to do under the provisions of this Article. The Inspectors shall receive as compensation for their services not more than two dollars a day when actually employed. The Board may provide for the compensation of clerks for matters requiring special skill and qualifications, such sum as may be necessary to secure such services, but not to exceed four dollars a day for any one clerk. No person holding any office or employment under the United States, the State of California, or said City and County, or any of its Departments, shall be eligible to, or allowed to serve as, an election or registration officer, or clerk, or in any manner whatsoever at an election.
SEC. 2. Each person appointed an officer of election shall be notified in writing by the Registrar of his appointment. Such notice must have printed thereon a copy of this section, and may be served by mail. Such person must, within the time fixed in the notice, which shall not be less than five days, appear before the Board and be examined as to his qualifications and fitness and shall serve as such officer for the term of two years from the date of his appointment, unless excused or dismissed by the Board; and in case of neglect or refusal to comply with the above mentioned requirements, or to serve, or act, shall be liable to a penalty of one hundred dollars, recoverable by civil action in any court of competent jurisdiction, in the name of said City and County, which, when collected, shall be paid into the Treasury. Failure on the part of any such person to comply with any of the requirements herein, preliminary to receiving his certificate of appointment or to attend on any day of registration, or revision, or examination of registration, or the day of any election during said term, unless prevented by sickness, or other sufficient cause (the burden of proof of which shall be upon the delinquent), shall be deemed a refusal within the meaning of this section.
SEC. 3. The persons so appointed officers of election shall each take and subscribe and file with the Registrar, before acting as such, and within ten days from the date of notice of appointment the following oath of office: "I, residing at
do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and of the State of California, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of
of election for the City and County of San Francisco, in Election Precinct
of Assembly District according to the best of my ability; that I am a citizen and qualified voter of the State of California and resident of said precinct, and not a candidate for office to be voted for by the electors of the precinct for which I am appointed, and that I do not hold any office or employment under the United States, the State of California, the City and County of San Francisco, or any Department thereof; and that I have not made any bet of money or property of any kind on the result of the election about to be held.”
No payment shall be made to any election officer who shall not have taken, subscribed and filed such oath, or affirmation, or who shall not during his period of service have fully complied with the requirements of law relating to his duties, and have properly completed said service.
SEC. 4. Each person so appointed and qualified shall receive a certificate of appointment from the Registrar in such form as may be prescribed by the Board of Election Commissioners. It shall specify the Assembly District and Precinct for which he is appointed and the date of the expiration of his term of office. He may be removed at any time by said Board for want of any of the requisite qualifications. When any officer or clerk is appointed to fill a vacancy, that fact shall be stated in his certificate of appointment, and he shall hold office only for the unexpired term. No officer or clerk shall be transferred from one election precinct to another after his appointment.
SECTION 1. The Registration of voters in said city and county shall be by election precincts. The provisions of the Political Code, as they now are or may hereafter be, as to making and keeping the Great Register, and the manner of entering names therein, and the substance and contents of said entries, and the alterations, changes, and cancellation thereof, as well as the proceedings and proofs to enable voters to be registered in said Great Register, and all matters relating thereto, so far as the same are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, shall be applicable to the precinct Registers of said city and county. Said Precinct Registers shall be used at all elections, and no person shall vote at any election unless he is legally registered upon the Precinct Register of the precinct in which he is a qualified voter.
SEC. 2. The registration of voters as herein provided, shall take place previous to each general election, and an elector properly registered may, without again being registered, if he has not changed his residence, vote at the general election next ensuing after his registration, and at all special elections between said general election and the next general election, but not afterwards, unless re-registered according to law.
SEC. 3. The Board of Election Commissioners shall cause to be prepared books for the registration of voters in manner hereinafter provided. Said books shall be called Precinct Registers, and shall be so arranged as to admit of the entering, under the name of each street or avenue in each election precinct, and the number of each dwelling on any such street or avenue, if there be a number thereto, and if there be no number, under such other definite description of the location of the dwelling-place as shall enable it to be readily ascertained, found and located, of the names of all electors resident in each dwelling in each of said precincts who shall apply for registration. Said Registers shall be ruled in parallel columns, in which, opposite to and against the name of every applicant, shall be entered words and figures of the character hereinafter provided in this article, and each of said Registers shall be of such size as to contain not less than three hundred names, and so prepared that it may be used at each election in said city and county until such time as is provided for the succeeding general registration, and shall be of such form and appearance as shall be established by the Registrar of Voters, after submission to and approval by the Board of Election Commissioners.
To each precinct Register shall be prefixed an alphabetical index of all the names contained therein, and opposite to each name shall be set its register number.
Sec. 4. The following oath or affirmation shall be administered to all persons who apply for registration: “You do solemnly swear (or affirm] that you will fully and truly answer all such questions as shall be put to you touching your place of residence, name, place of birth, your qualifications as an elector, and your right as such to register and vote."
SEC. 5. The Board of Precinct Registration shall examine each applicant as to his qualifications as an elector, and shall immediately, in the presence of the applicant, enter in the said Register, and in a duplicate thereof, the statements and facts below set forth in manner following, namely:
First-In the column headed “Residence,” the name