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Instructions on registration form.

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Immediately above the form shall be printed the following instructions: The applicant must be sworn or affirmed that the information given by him in reference to his right to be registered shall be the truth. Any wilful false statement constitutes perjury, and Perjury. is punishable as such.

Every register shall be indexed alphabetically from A to Z. The answers of the applicants shall be recorded in their presence, in both registers, in the fol lowing manner: In the first column shall be entered the surname of the applicant, in the order of his ap- tering answers. pearance at the polling-place, on the page bearing the index letter of his surname; in the second column shall be entered his Christian name or names; in the third column, his occupation; in the fourth column, the street and number of his residence; in the fifth and sixth columns, whether he is a lodger, lessee or owner, and, if he is a lodger or is lessee of a portion only of a house, the location or number of the room or floor which he occupies; in the seventh and eighth columns shall be entered the length of his residence in the State and district, respectively; in the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth columns, the location of the house from which he last registered, giving State, city, street, and number, respectively, and the year in which he so registered; in the thirteenth column, the State or territory of the United States, or the foreign country, where he was born; in the fourteenth column, whether, being foreign born, he produces his naturali zation papers; in the fifteenth and sixteenth columns, the manner in which he complies with the law relating to the payment of taxes as a qualification of the right to vote, whether by the production of his receipt or by making affidavit; if the applicant is less than twenty-two years of age, the word "age" shall be recorded in said column; in the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth columns, his personal description, designating whether white or colored, his approximate age, height, and weight; in the twenty-first column in the register marked "check list,” he shall be required to sign his name, if able to write; if he alleges inability to write, a record of the fact shall be made in the same column; and unless his inability is due to some apparent physical infirmity, he shall be required to further establish his identity by answering the questions of the "challenge affidavit,” described in the following section; in the twenty-first column in the register marked "ballot check list,” he shall, if challenged on election day, be required to sign his name; in the twenty-second column shall be entered the number of the challenge affidavit of every person who is required to take said affidavit; in the twenty-third, twenty-fourth, twenty.

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fifth, twenty-sixth, and twenty-seventh columns the election officers shall record, in one register, the obtaining of the ballot, and, in the other, the casting of the vote of the registered elector at the general, municipal, primary or special elections, as hereinafter provided, or as may hereafter be provided by law.

Section 8. Every person who possesses the qualifications of an elector, as provided in the Constitution and laws of this Commonwealth, or who by continued residence in his election district will obtain such qualifications before the next ensuing election, shall be entitled to be registered; but no person shall be registered unless at least three of the registrars determine that he is so qualified.

Section 9. Any person claiming the right to register
may be challenged by a registrar or by any elector of
the election district in which the election district is
located. Any person so challenged shall answer the
questions of the challenge affidavit, as herein speci.
fied; and after his answers have been recorded, he
shall sign, if able to write, and swear to their truth.
He shall also make affidavit, at the same time, to
the truth of his answers as recorded in the register,
if able to read, and which he shall be deemed to have
examined or have had the same read to him. The
affidavits of all persons so registered shall, at the
close of each day of registration, be numbered and
filed. The challenge affidavit shall be in the following
Election Division,

City of..
State of Pennsylvania,
County of .
What is your full name?..
Are you married, or single?.
If married, where does your family reside?.

Form of challenge affidavit.


If single, where do your parents reside?.

Where did you actually reside immediately prior to

taking up your present residence?...

Give your residences for last four months?.

What is the name of your present employer?

Where is his place of business?.

What is the name of your last employer?.

Where is, or was, his place of business?.

Have you read the information given by you, as re

corded in the register? I, the undersigned, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have read the information recorded opposite my name in the register of the Division of the .... Ward, on page and that said information, as well as that recorded in this affidavit, is the truth.



.and subscribed, of

(Signature of Applicant.)


Registrars' Description of Applicant.
Distinguishing marks,
Other peculiarities,
Color of hair, ..

Registrars. The challenged applicant shall produce such fur. Further proof. ther proof as the law requires challenged persons to produce on election day, and it shall be the duty of the registrars to require it before permitting him to be registered. All persons claiming the right to vote by reason of naturalization shall be required to pro- Naturalization duce the proper naturalization papers, or a certified papers. copy thereof, before they shall be registered; but no such person shall be required to produce his papers a second time in the same district, unless he is challenged. Whenever the applicant is rejected, after a portion of the record has been filled in, a line shall be drawn through the record already made, and the reg. istrar shall note on said line the reason for the rejèction, and shall add his initials thereto. All affidavits and vouchers shall be executed in duplicate, one vouchers, being delivered into the custody of each registrar who has charge of the registers.

Section 10. On the registration day preceding the February election, the registrars shall, in addition to the registration of electors, strike from the list the names of such persons as shall be proven, to their from list. satisfaction, by the affidavits of at least two qualified electors of the ward, to have died, or removed from the district, since the last registration. Thereafter, upon the return of the registers to the office of the commissioners, it shall be their duty to examine the same, and wherever registered persons have given as their last place of registration another election dis

Affidavits and

Striking of namen

Transfer of names.

Duty of commissioners.


Duties and powers of watchere.

trict in the same city, to strike said name from the register of said district of prior residence, and to note thereon the reason for so removing the name. At any time between the November election and the next registration day any registered elector who has removed from one election district to another in the same city, sixty days prior to the February election, may apply at the office of the commissioners and have the registry of his name transferred from the district from which he has removed to the one in which he has taken up his new residence. It shall be the duty of the commissioners, upon satisfactory proof of the elector's identity, to strike his name from the register in the district from which he has removed, to examine him in the regular way as to his qualifications, and, if his answers are satisfactory, to register him in the district to which he has removed.

Section 11. Parties or bodies of electors, who now are, or hereafter may be, entitled to have watchers at the general election, shall be allowed to appoint not more than three electors of the ward to act as watch. ers in each place of registry, without expense to the county, on each registration day. No more than one watcher from such party shall be allowed in the registry place at any one time. Each watcher shall be provided with a certificate from the county commissioners, stating his name and the party or policy he represents. Watchers shall be entitled to be present dur. ing all of the public sessions herein provided for, and shall be required to show their certificates when requested to do so. They shall have the power to challenge.

Section 12. No more than six electors, other than the registrars and the watchers herein provided for, shall be allowed in the registry-room at any one time.

Section 13. At the end of each day's registration the registrars shall compare the two registers, so kept, and cause any errors in either of them to be corrected by aid of the entries in the other, so as to make the same agree, where there is any difference between them. All of the registrars shall then sign their initials on the line immediately under the last names registered, under each letter, in both books, together with the date. At the close of both Fall and Winter registrations, the registrars shall sign a certificate, the form of which shall be printed on the last page of the register, setting forth the number of persons registered on each day, and the number of names which have been stricken out, if

any. Section 14. The two registrars who have not charge of the registers shall, at both registrations, prepare two "street lists” of all names which are registered. These lists shall contain the names of the electors and


Presence of electors.

Comparison and correction of the registers.


Street liste

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