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their addresses, in the order in which their residences appear upon the streets of the district.
One of said street lists shall be hung outside of the polling-place, and shall remain in that position printing of lists. until the next election. The other shall be returned to the office of the commissioners, and at least one hundred exact copies of it shall be printed in pamphlet form, and shall be ready for distribution at least three weeks before election day.
Section 15. If any citizen shall object to the action of the registrars in accepting or rejecting any claim for registration, he may file his petition with the commissioners, setting forth the ground of his complaint. If the complaint is to the acceptance of a claim, notice Complaints. to the claimant shall be given by leaving a written or printed notice at his place of residence, as given by him to the registrar and recorded in the register. When such petitions are filed the commissioners shall Hearing. fix a time and place for hearing them, sufficiently in advance of the election to enable the same to be heard and disposed of prior thereto, and to have a review thereof by the courts. Such hearing shall be public, before the commissioners, and the register of voters may be amended, either by the insertion of a new Amendment of name or the cancellation of a name already on the register. register, or otherwise, as the commissioners may order. The commissioners may enforce their orders as herein provided, or may make the amendments themselves or by their clerks. All such applications for correcting the register must be made not later than ten days prior to an election.
The applicant, or any elector who is not satisfied with the decision of the commissioners, may petition Petition. the court of common pleas, setting forth the reasons why he feels that injustice has been done, and thereupon the said court of common pleas may, in its discretion, allow an appeal to it from the decision of the
Appeals. commissioners. And the said court, after a public hearing, may reverse, affirm, or alter the decision of Hearing. the commissioners. Said appeals must be made not later than five days preceding an election.
Any qualified elector who was too ill to appear at Illness or absence the polling-place on any of the registration days, who of elector. was unavoidably absent from the county on said days, may present his petition to the commissioners any time, up to two weeks before the general election, setting forth the facts of his illness or unavoidable absence, and setting forth in detail the information required to be recorded in the register, and praying that his name may be added 'to the register in the proper division.
After this petition shall have re- Petition, mained in the office of the commissioners, open to public inspection, for at least five days, a hearing shall Hearing.
Custody of street lists,
be granted; the petitioner shall personally appear, and if the facts are proven, to the satisfaction of the commissioners, to be as reported, they shall order the name of the petitioner to be inserted on the register, in the proper place. This hearing shall be public; and any qualified elector shall have the right to challenge and to require proper proof of identity or the signing of the challenge affidavit, and in the case of registry before the registrars. If any person is not satisfied
with the decision of the commissioners, he may appeal Appeals.
to the court of common pleas, as in other cases.
Section 16. The two registrars designated to keep
the two registers shall obtain, at the office of the Books, forms and county commissioners, the blank books, forms and supplies.
other supplies prepared for their use, before the first registration day, and shall have the same at poll. ing-place on said day. On registration days, and dur. ing the time from one such day to another, until the
close of the registration period, the two said regisCustody and con trars shall have the custody and control, and shall be trol of registers.
charged with the safe-keeping, of the registers in which they have made entries, together with all affidavits, forms, et cetera, which have been taken in duplicate, as hereinbefore provided. During the same periods, the other two registrars shall be charged with the safe-keeping of the street lists which are in course of preparation by them. At the close of the registration, and before twelve o'clock noon of the following day, the two registrars who have been charged with the keeping of the registers shall deliver the same, together with one street list, all affidavits, vouchers, unused forms, et cetera, to the registration commissioners, at such place as may be designated by them. The said papers and books shall remain on file at a place designated by the commissioners, open to nublic inspection, under proper regulations for their safe-keeping; subject, however, to the further provisions of this act. On the Saturday or Monday prior to the fourth Tuesday preceding the February
election, the said two registrars shall obtain from Duty of regis
said office, each, the register kept by him, together with a sufficient number of blank forms and other supplies, and shall have the same at the polling-place, for use on the registration day; and, as before, shall be charged with the safe-keeping and return of said records and of one street list, before noon of the day following the registration day.
The county commissioners of each county, upon trars, clerks, etc.
proper vouchers, shall provide for the payment of the commissioners, registrars and other officers or clerks provided by this act. They shall provide such clerical assistance for the commissioners as may be reasonably necessary, and shall furnish proper rooms for the accommodation of themselves and their records.
Delivery of registers, etc., to com. missioners.
Shall remain on file,
Payment of commissioners. regis
Clerical assistance and rooms.
livery of registers, blanks, sta
Right of fran
Duty of voters.
They shall also, at the direction of the commissioners, Printing and deprepare and have printed, at the expense of the county, all the registers, street lists, affidavits, blanks, tionery, etc. blank books, and stationery required by the provi. sions of this act, or which are reasonably necessary to carry out its provisions, and shall provide for their proper distribution to the commissioners and their registrars. It shall also be their duty to see that the polling-places are open and in proper order for the use
Polling-places. of the registrars. They shall also deliver the two reg. isters to the election officers, in the manner in which they are or may be required to deliver other election materials for use on election day.
Section 17. Any person whose name is on the register shall be entitled to vote at any general, special or chise. municipal election, unless it shall be shown to the satisfaction of the election officers that he is no longer a resident of the election district in which he is registered: Provided, That if a special election shall intervene between registration day and the next general or municipal election, the presence of the name of an elector on the list shall only be prima facie evidence of his right to vote. If his name is not registered he shall not be entitled to vote at any election. Before receiving his ballot every voter shall satisfy the election officers of his identity, and, if challenged, by signing his name in the place provided for that purpose, if able to do so, and by the production of such other evidence as is or may be required by law.
The two registers shall be used at elections by the election officers, in the place of the ballot check list Use of registers. and the voting check list. One of the said registers shall be marked "ballot check list,” and the other shall be marked "voting check list.” After the polls are closed the names checked as having voted, in the said two registers, shall be immediately counted, and the Counting uf vote, result announced before the ballot-box is opened. The two registers shall then be immediately sealed up in an envelope, and shall be returned to the custody of the commissioners when the ballot-box and the other election returns are delivered to the proper officers.
Section 18. Any person who wilfully disobeys a law. ful order of the commissioners shall be guilty of a
Disobedience. misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars. Any wilful false statement made under oath, by any person, in relation to any matter or thing concerning which he shall be lawfully interrogated by Wilful false the registrars or by the commissioners, shall be perjury; and any person, upon conviction thereof, shall Perjury. be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding five hundred
Penalty. dollars or to undergo an imprisonment not exceeding two years, or both, in the discretion of the court.
Ballot check list.
Voting check list
False representation or personation,
A registrar who intentionally registers, or permite to be registered, a person not lawfully entitled to be registered, or who intentionally refuses to register a person lawfully entitled to be registered, or who intentionally assists in preventing such person from being registered, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or to undergo an imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both, at the discretion of the court.
A person who applies for registration knowing that he is not entitled to be registered, or who falsely personates another in an application for registration, or who knowingly offers false naturalization papers or a fraudulent tax recepit to establish his claim to be registered, or who personates another, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced for every such offence to pay a fine not ex. ceeding one thousand dollars or to undergo an imprigonment not exceeding three years, or both, in the discretion of the court.
A registrar who inserts, or intentionally permits to be inserted, a name on the registry list without a proper application in person, during the hours of registration, on a registration day, on the part of the person registered, or without requiring the proper evidence of the right of the applicant to be registered; or who alters any registry list after the entry has been duly made, except upon an order of the court or of the commissioners; or who makes any entry therein at any time other than during the hours of registration, and in the presence of the other registrars; shall be guilty of a misdemeanor; and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or to undergo an imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both, in the discretion of the court.
Any election officer who refuses the vote of a regis. tered elector, except on satisfactory evidence that he has since registration become disqualified under the laws of this Commonwealth, or who knowingly accepts the vote of a person not registered in accordance with the provisions of this act, or who knowingly receives a vote from a person falsely claiming to be a registered voter, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or to undergo an imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both, in the discretion of the court.
Any commissioner, registrar or other officer, upon whom a duty is laid by this act, who shall wilfully refuse to perform his said duty shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding one thousand
Refusal to perform duty.
dollars or to undergo an imprisonment not exceeding one year, or both, in the discretion of the court.
Section 19. All laws or parts of laws inconsistent Repeal, herewith are hereby repealed, so far as they affect the cities to which this act applies. APPROVED—The 17th day of February, A. D. 1906.
SAML. W. PENNYPACKER.
To provide for the personal registration of electors in cities of
the third class of this Commonwealth, to make such registration a condition of the right to vote in such cities, and to provide penalties for violation of its provisions.
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That the County Com. Personal registramissioners of each county in which is located cities or a city of the third class shall, not later than June Cities of the third fifteenth, in the year one thousand nine hundred and six, and every third year thereafter, appoint two regis Appointment of trars for each election precinct or ward, to serve for a term of three years, and until their successors are Term. duly qualified. The said registrars must be duly quali
Qualifications. fied electors of the precinct or ward for which they are appointed, and must have been residents of the city in which said precinct or ward is situated for a period of two years before their said appointment, and of the precinct or ward for one year immediately preceding the same. They must be sober and judicious persons, of good moral character, able to read intelligently and to write legibly. One of the said registrars shall be a member of the party polling the highest vote within the election precinct or ward at the last preceding election, and the other shall be a member of the party polling the next highest vote. It is the intent of this act that at all times the Board of Regis. Political faith. trars shall be, as nearly as may be, evenly divided in political faith, and, therefore, if it appears that at any time, by reason of a change in political affiliations or because of error in the appointment, the Board is not so evenly divided, any ten electors of the district may file a petition with the County Commis. Electors' petition. sioners, setting forth the facts, and praying that the changed or erroneous appointments may be revoked and another appointment made instead. The County Commissioners shall grant a public hearing, and if Public hearing. they find the facts to be as represented, they shall give the relief asked for; but no registrar shall be removed merely because his party, at an election fol.