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In all places except New York and Brooklyn Before Tuesday, September 6.

Inspectors in Election Districts Must be Appointed.

New York and Brooklyn..

Other cities....

Outside of cities

Before Tuesday, October 11.

Before Saturday, October 8.

Before Saturday, October 22.

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First day, Saturday, October 22. | Second day, Saturday, October 29.

New York and Brooklyn Registration Days.

First day, Tuesday, October 11.

Second day, Wednesday, October 19.


Third day, Friday, October 28.

Fourth day, Saturday, October 29.


Republican, Democratic, Prohibition, Socialist.

State, or More than One County, Must be Filed with Secretary of State. EARLIEST DAY-September 29.

LATEST DAY-October 14.

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State, or More than One County, Must be Filed with Secretary of State. EARLIEST DAY-September 29. LATEST DAY-October 19.

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Suggestions to the Political Committees and Election Officers.



The State of New York will hold its State election in 1892 upon Tuesday, November 8. The election of a President of the United States takes place the same day, and the voters of the State will, therefore, ballot for presidential electors as well as for State officials. There will be elected at this election the following officers :

Thirty-six Presidential Electors.

A Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.

Thirty-four Congressmen.

One hundred and twenty-eight Assemblymen.

Two Supreme Court Judges.

Three County Judges.

Four Surrogates.

Six Sheriffs.

Ten County Clerks.

Thirty-four District Attorneys.

Five County Treasurers.

A Mayor of New York and several other cities.

The Legislature of 1892, passed laws reapportioning the congressional districts, reducing the number of election inspectors in New York from four to three, and modifying

the Ballot Reform Law in some essential particulars. It then passed an election code, prepared by Professor Charles A. Collin, of the law department of Cornell University, Daniel Magone, of Ogdensburgh, former Collector of New York, and ex-Senator John J. Linson, of Kingston, the members of the Statutory Revision Commission. These same gentlemen also prepared a penal code containing all the laws punishing violations of the election laws of the State. This penal code also became a law.

Messrs. Collin, Magone and Linson in their election code have combined in one statute all former election laws from 1842 to 1892; so that one can find in one law the ballot reform acts, the registration acts, the primary election acts, the laws relating to the county boards of canvassers and the State board of canvassers, and the laws concerning the election of Congressmen and of electors of President and Vice-President.

All former clection laws of the State, except those contained in city charters, are repealed; and city elections themselves are affected in a large degree by the Election Code. Thus chapter 262 of the Laws of 1890, the original ballot reform law, and the amendatory act passed in 1891, are repealed, and the ballot reform provisions of the election laws are put in the new Election Code. The Ballot Reform Act is changed in form by the revisers, its language greatly modified, sections of it are transposed; and all in all these modifications are so numerous that every election officer will find it prudent to carefully examine the Election Code in these respects before attempting to execute his duties.


The members of the Statutory Revision Commission made several changes of importance in the Ballot Reform Law. By one amendment it is provided that the designation of the polling place for which each official ballot is prepared shall be made upon the face of the "stub” instead' of upon the back of the ballots, as under the Ballot Reform Acts of 1889 and 1890. The designation of the polling place

upon the back of the ballot would easily lead to its identification if it should be used at the wrong polling place, and it was to prevent the loss of their votes by innocent voters using such misplaced ballots that the Legislature of 1892 made the amendment to the Ballot Reform Act described. So much for the face of the stub.

The back of the "stub" is to contain, as in 1890 and 1891, only the printed number of each official ballot. On the back of each official ballot, below the stub, there is to be printed in great primer Roman condensed capitals, the indorsement "official ballot for... . . . "and after the

word "for" there is to follow the date of the election, and a fac simile of the signature of the officer or clerk of the board providing the ballots, except that ballots containing the names of candidates for commissioners of excise of towns are to be indorsed “excise" only and other ballets for town meetings not held at the same time with the general election are to be indorsed "town" only.

The names of all offices to be filled are to be printed upon the face of each ballot below the perforated line separating the ballot from its "stub." The law declares that the names of the offices to be filled shall be printed upon every ballot "in brevier lower-case type within the spaces respectively allowed therefor." It further declares that "under the name of each office stated upon the ballot" the name of each candidate nominated therefor by or by virtue of the kind of certificates to which such kind of ballot corresponds shall be printed in brevier capitals within the spaces respectively allowed therefor. The names on each ballot shall be in a single column, except that the names of candidates for presidential electors and the names of inspectors of election, if ten or more, shall be in two columns. If the full number of candidates for the offices specified on any one kind of ballots shall not have been nominated by or in pursuance of the certificates from which such kind of ballots is prepared, blank spaces shall be left on each ballot of such kind where the names of candidates would appear except for such failure to nominate."

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