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CHAPTER V.

THE VOTE CAST AND REGISTERED IN 1891. The election of 1891 was no exception to the general rule that thousands of persons inscribed their names upon the books of the board of registry, or had their names put upon those books in rural neighborhoods upon the first day of registration, and yet neglected to vote. This was especially the case in rural parts of the State. This registration roll, however, will prove of high value to politicians, and especially so in rural neighborhoods, as showing the probable number of voters in each election district, and giving the names of all voters. In cities the requirement of the registration law that each voter shall personally appear and register undoubtedly, in 1891, kept off the registration books the names of a large number of voters living in each city election district. But in rural districts the committeemen of the political parties took pains to place upon the registration books the names of all voters with whose names they were familiar and the result was that in a large proportion of the election districts in the rural neighborhoods the books of registration were made an almost complete roll of the voters of each election district. The value of this roll to political committees in the canvassing for votes, in the circulation of political documents and newspapers, and in preparing the registration roll of the present year 1892, can not be overestimated.

A comparison of the total vote registered in each rural election district, with the total vote polled in 1891, will also enable political leaders and candidates for office to determine the relative proportion of their party vote they must bring out in each one of such election districts in order to secure party success. With the aim of giving persons interested in the subject an opportunity to make this comparison, the author of this pamphlet has included in it the of 1891 by election district. A few, illustrations will show the value of this comparison. Below will be found the vote of various townsin various counties for President in 1888 and for Governor in 1891, with the total vote registered in those towns in 1891 :

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The total vote by counties and the total vote registered, of course, shows more glaringly the number of voters who, although registered, did not vote at the fall election of 1891. The table given below shows the total vote by counties and the total vote registered in 1891:

Whole number

of votes Whole number registered.

votes cast. Albany ....

40,683 35,850 Allegany.

12,872 9,780 Broome..

15,970 13,828 Cattaraugus...

17,026 13,055 Cayuga.

17,190 13,870 Chautauqua.

20,454 16,285 Chemung

13,069 11,303 Chenango..

11,902

9,379 Clinton.

11,502 8,613 Columbia

12,925 10,703 Cortland....

9,092

7,361 Delaware

13,664 10,950 Dutchess

20,716

17,624 Erie.....

68,617 58,832 Essex

8,881 6,429

Franklin... Fulton Genesee Greene. Hamilton .. Herkimer.. Jefferson Kings Lewis Livingston. Madison Monroe. Montgomery New York.. Niagara Oneida. Onondaga Ontario... Orange Orleans.. Oswego Otsego Putnam Queens. Rensselaer.. Richmond.. Rockland St. Lawrence Saratoga.... Schenectady. Schoharie Schuyler... Seneca. Steuben . Suffolk .. Sullivan Tioga.. Tompkins Ulster. Warren ..

Whole number

of votes registered.

9, 254 10,565 9,947 9,245 1,442 14,138 19,377 167, 108

9,268 10,688 12,924 41,706 12,437 261,917 15,733 32,684 38,390 14,428 23,341

8,920 19,769 16,162

4,345 28,088 32,103 11,513

8,268 23,645 17,054

7,920 9, 206 4,910 7,859 23,403 16,363 8,616 9,098 9,891 22,761

7,996

Whole number of votes cast.

7,448 8,653 7,157 7,382

866 11,365 17,210 153,185

7,494 8,440 10,276 34,809 10,400 239,898 11,831 27,470 32,501 11,590 20,014

6,857 15,658 13,166

3,398 20,854 28,399 8,766 5,920 18,104 12,991 6,581 7,569 3,964 6,106 18,748 11,489 6,536 7,282 8,155 16,990

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Whole number

of votes
registered.

14,368
38,101
9,140
6,567

Whole number of votes cast.

10,992 25,631 6,878 5,115

The registered vote of New York city yearly, of course, receives the closest attention from politicians and voters as day after day it is registered upon the days of registration. Below is the record of registration in New York city upon these four days the four past years :

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The total registered vote in each one of the twenty-four Assembly districts possessed by New York city in 1888, 1889, 1890 and 1891, for those years, was as follows:

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6,136 6,410 6,122 8,498 6,394 7,893 7,272 7,063 8,726 8,882 5,060 7,401 8,069 6,154 9,626 7,572 11,243 8,614

5,699 6,724 6,383 8,792 6,445 7,933 8,214 7,091 9,192 9,483 6,097 7,536 9,162 6,492 10,596

8,122 12,771 9,304

5,854 6,411 6,844 9,160 6,236 8,483 8,386 7,696 9,652 10, 230 6,172 7,981 9,740 6,975 11,096

8,310 13, 441 9,490

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In the city of Brooklyn, in the same interval of 1888, 1889, 1890 and 1891, when that city possessed twenty-six wards, the registration in each ward was as follows:

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4,229
1,707
3,943
2,909
3,661
7,082
7,712
6,330
3,875
6,809
4,812
4,812
5, 025
5,045
5,434
6,636
7,029
13,101
6,900
5,398
9,373
10,253
6,363
3, 258
9,481
5,936

9,619
1,699
3,383
2,603
3, 419
6,148
7,003
5,348
3.363
5,918
4,422
4,334
3,996
4,716
4,753
5,854
6,818
10,839
6,181
4,886
8,282
8,593
5,637
2,764
7,468
4,931

3,657
1,621
3,440
2,612
3,544
6, 242
7,130
5,134
3,437
5,896
4,443
4,511
4,329
4,720
5, 244
6,102
7,056
9,525
6,161
4,922
7,909
7,841
5,347
2.574
6.719
4,280

4,499 1,816 4,335 3, 348 4,067 7,445 8,169 5,674 3,756 6,858 5,293 5,072 4,218 5.172 5,772 7,545 8,185 10,615 7,460 5,633 9,426 9,036 6,256 2,652 7,341 4,632

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