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SYNOPSIS or ELECTION LAWS.
For use ~ Election for Batifioa.tion or Rejection of Constitution.
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QUALIFICATION ' OF VOTERS.
1. Every male person of sound mind, born in the United
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States, or who has been naturalized or declared his intention to ~ .
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come a citizen of the United States, tW'3nty·one years old, who
has resided in Alabama six months and in Mobile connty three
months next before the election, and who has been registered and is
not disqualified by any provision of the law or the Constitution, is
authorized to vote at the Election for ratification or rejection Qf
the Constitution in November, A. D. 1875.-[Art. 7, Secs. 3 and 4,
of State Oonstitution; and Sec. 1, Election Law of 1875; and Secs.
1 and 16 of Act of Marctt 19th, 1875, providing for this election.J
2. The State Constitntion provides that persons who may
have been convicted of embezzlement of public fnuds, malfeasance
in office, any crime pnnishable by Jaw with imprisonment in the
penitentiary, or bribery, shall not be permitted to vote; nor shall
idiots or insane persons.-fArli. 7, Sec. 3, of State Constitution.j
3. Qualified electors can only vote in the preci nct or ward of
their actual residence and registration at the time of the election.
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REGISTRATION.
1. The law contemplates the registration of electors as being
mainly attended to in the different wards and precincts previous to
the electIon day, and as being completed and ended at len.st fift.een
days before the day of the election.-[See Sec. 7, p. 71, of Acts of
1874-5.J
But it also provides that the Assistant Registrar for each ward
a.nd precinct shall be present at his voting place on election day: to
register such voters as may have pre\7iously failcu to register; and to
persons registered on election day, he is to give a certificate as
follows:
"I, , Assistant Registrar, do hereby certi(y, that--­
has this day registered before me as an elector.
---H,egist.rar.'
Mobile County, November 16, 1875.
Which certificate will be evidence that such person is registered.
If Assistant Registrar cannot attend, or the office is vaeant, the
Oounty Registrar (Sheriff,) appoiuts some competent person to act;
and if no appointment is made by ten (10) o'clock A. "M. that day,
the inspectors appoint some one who may qualify, anti act for the

day.-[See Sec. 6, pp..69, 70, Act.'! of 1874-5.1
2. Assistant Registrars qualify themsolves to act by takillg
the oath prescribed in Art. 15, Sec. 1, of State Oonstitlltioll.-[See
Sec. 2, p. 68, Acts of 1874-5.J
3. At the time of registration the following oMh must be taken
and subscribfld by the applicant, viz: State of Alabama, Oounty of
Mobile, Precinct or Ward---, we the undersigned, regiRtered
electors, each for himself, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will
support and maintain the CODRtitution aoft Tlaws of tbe United
States and the Constitution and Laws of the of Alabama;
that I am not excluded from regil:ltering by any of the clauses in
Section 3, Article 7, of the Constitution of the State of Alabama;
that I will never countenance or a.id in the secBssion of this
State from the United States; that I accept the ci viI and political
equality of all men, and agree not to attempt to deprive any perRon
or persons, on account of race, color, or previous condition, of any
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political or civil right, privilege, or immullity enjoyed by all}, other
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class of men; and, furthermore, that I will not in any way injure, or
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countenanee in others any attempt. t<> injure, any person or persons
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United States, the Laws of the United States, or the principle of the
civil and political equality of all men, or for affiliation with any
political party; and t,hat I am a qualified elect.or under the Consti­
tution and Laws of the State of Alabama.-(See p. 72, Acts 1874-5.}
GENERAL PROVISIONS.
1. The Probate Judge, Sheriff and Clerk of the Circuit Court,
must provide two ballot boxes at each place of voting; and when
pecessary more than two, but not more than three.-(Sec. 19, p. 80,
Acts of 1874-5.)
NOTE.-In this election, only one box wlll, at any of the voting places need be \l.Ied
for the reception of ballots.
2. The Inspectors and I{.eturning Officers must meet at their
respective polling places by 8 o'clock A. M., and open the polls
before 9 o ' c l o ~ k A. M., of the election day.-(Sec. 22, p. 81, Acts of
1874-5.)
3. If any Inspector or Returning Officers fails t.o attend at
i 8 o'clock A. IVL, such of them as are then present may complete the
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number. If none of the Inspectors are present, the Returning
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Officer, if present" sha.ll app'lint the three Inspectors for the Ward
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or Precinct. If no Inspector or Returning' Officer is present by
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J 8 o'clock, a.ny three qualified electors may open the polling place
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a.nd serve as Inspectors during the elflction.-:;(Sec. 23, p. 81, Acts
1874-5.)
4. If the Returning Officer should not be present at the hour
abo,e designated for' them to meet, then the {ospectors, or those
acting as such, must appoint a Returning Officer.-(Sec. 24, p. 81,
Acts 1874-5.)
5. Before opening the polls the acting Inspectors mu.st select
two persons to act as Olerks.-(Sec. 25, p. 82, Acts 1874:-5.)
6. Before opening the polls the {nspectors and Clerks must
take an oath to perfol'm their duties at the election according t.o law
to the best of their judgment; and the Inspectors must also swear
that they will not themselves, nor knowingly allow any other person,
to compare the number of ballots with the number of votes enrolled;
which oath may be administered by the Inspectors to each other, or
by .the Returning Officer, or a Justice of the Peace.-fSec. 26, p. 82,
Acts 1874-5.]
7. The polls must be kept open without intermission until 5
o'clock P. M., and no longer.-[Sec. 27, p. 82, Acts 1874-5.J

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The ballot must be paper, on which must be written
or printed, or partly written and partly printeu, the words" F(r
Oonstitution," or "Against Oonstitution,"'as the:elector desires to
10, p. 113, and Sec. ao, p. 82, Acts of 1874-5.J
9. When any person votes, one of the Inspectors must receive
his ballot and call his name audibly and distinctly, and the uame .
be immediately taken down by each Clerk ou separate poll lists,
headed "Names of Voters," and the number of each vote be f1ut,'red
opposite to tlte name of the voter.-fSec. 31, p. 83, Acts of 1874-75.]
10, The ballot must by one of the Inspectors to
correspond with the poll lists, and without examination be depos.
ited in the ballot box.-fSec. 32, p. 83, Acts 1874-75.]
11. The Inspectors before receiviug any ballots must cause to
be proclaimed aloud at the voting place, that the election is opened.
-(Sec. 28, p. 82, Acts 1874-75.J
12. Any qualified elector of the precinct or ward in which any
person proposes to vote, shall have the right to challenge such
person so offering to vote, whom he may know or suspect is not
entitled and duly qualified as an elector to vote at the precinct or
ward where he offers to vote.-[Sec. 33, p. 83, Acts 1874-75.J If any
elector attempts to vote in any other precinct or ward than that
wherein he resides, his vote must be 29, p. 82, Acts
of 1874-75.J .
13. When any person offering to vote is Challenged by any
. qualified elector, before such person shall be allowed to vote, he shall
take and subscribe an oath which one of the Inspectors of such
election shall tender and administer to him, and which shall be in
the following form:
State of Alabama, }
Mobile Oounty.
1-- . , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am a duly
qualified elector under the Oonstitution and laws of the United
States, and the Oonstitution and laws of Alabama, and that I have
resided in the State of Alabama six months next preceding this
election, and three months in this couaty, and now actually reside
in this precinct (or ward as the case may be), and that I am twenty­
one years old or upwards, and that I have not voted before on this
day at any general or special election at any place of voting; and
that I have not been convicted of treason, embezzlement of public
funds, malfeasance in office, or of any crime punishable by law with
imprisonment.in the penitentiary, or bribery: So help me God.
Subscribed and sworn to before me }
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And in addition to said oath,if the person so challenged is not
personally known to one of the Inspectors to have the qualifieations I
required in the election law, then one of them may require such I
person, before he shall be allowed to vote, to prove his identity and !
residence in the State, county and precinct or ward in which he offers
to vote by the oath of some elector, personally known to some one
of said inspectors to be a qualified elector, which oath shall be ad­
ministered by one of said Inspectors, and shall bel in the following
form:
State of Alabama, }
Mobile County.
I -- do solemnly swear that I have known (here insert
the name of the person offering to vote) fOl the last six mon-ths, pre­
ceding tbis election, and that he bas been a resident of this State
for six months, and of the county for three months next preceding
this election, and that he now ha.s an actual bona fide residence in
this precinct (or ward). And I verily believe he is twenty-one years
old or upwards, and that he has not voted before on this day at any ..
general or special election: So help me God.
Subscribed and sworn to before me }
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And upon said oath being duly taken and subscribed, the ballot
of the person offering to vote must be received and deposited as
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other ballots of qualified electors. And it shall be the duty of the
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Inspectors to file all the oaths so taken and subscribed, and when
the election is closed said Inspectors shall forward them in a sealed
package to the Judge of Probate, who shall lay them before the
next grand jury sitting for said county.-[Sec. 34, pp. 83-84, Acts
1874-75.
14. When anyone offering to vote at any election in this State
. has been challenged as prescribed for in the thirty-third section of
the election law,before administering the oath prescribed in section
thirty-four of the election law, it shall be the duty of one of the
Inspectors to inform such person that if he takes the said oath wil­
fully and fa.lsely, he is guilty of perjury, and on conviction may be
imprisoned in the penitentiary of this State for not less than two
years.-[Sec.35, pp. 84-85, Acts 1874-75.J
15. If any person whose vote is challenged, or any witness
sworn under the provisions of section thirty-four of this act, shall
knowingly, wilfully, or corrnptly swear falsely, he shall be deemed
guilty of perjury, and on conviction thereof shall be punished by
imprisonment in the penitentiary not less than two nor ID.ore than
five years.-(Sec. 36, p. 85, Acts. 1874-75.)
16. If any person offering to vote refuses to take the oath pre·
scribed in section thirty-four of the election law, his vote shall be
rejected; and the ballot marked, with the name of the person offering
it, shall be laid aside by the Inspectors; and if such person takes
such oath, then bis vote soall be accepted as in other cases. (Sec.
37: p. 85, Acts 1874-75.)
17. Any person voting more than once at any election heh! in
this State, or depositing more than one ballot for the same office as
his vote at such election, and knowingly attempts to vote when he itS
not entitled to do so, or is guilt.y of any kind of illegal or fraudulent
voting, shall be deemed guilt;)· of a felony; and on conviction thereof,
shall be imprisoned in the penitentiary not less than two nor 100re
than five years-at the discretion of the jury trying the same.­
(Sec. 38, p. 85, Acts 1874-75).
18. It is the duty of all inspectors of elect.ions in the election
precincts, immediatel,y on the closing of the polis, to count out the
votes so polled; and in doing so the returning officer, or one of the
Inspectors, must take the ballots one by one from the box in which
they were deposited, at the same time reading aloud whether the
vote is for the Constitution or against it. They mnst separately
keep a calculation of the number of votes for and of the number
against the Constitution; and if two or more ballots are found rolled
up or folded together so as to induce the belief that the same was
done with a fraudulent intent, such ballots must be compared by
their number with the poll lists, and if ascertained to be fraudulent
must be rejected; or if any baliot contains more than one vote,
it must be counted only as one vote. As soon as the ballots are all
counted out, the Iuspectors must ascertain the numher of votes re_
ceived for, and the number agaillst the Constitution, and must make
a statement of the same in writing; which statement must be signed
by them; they must a"o certify in writing on one of t h ~ poll lists
that such poll list is the poll list of the election precinct, or ward,
at which they were Inspectors, the day aud year on which such elec­
tion was held, and for what purpose, which certificates must be
. signed by them.; and such statement of the poll lists, and votes,
thus certified must be sealed up together with a. list of the regis­
tered voters in such pl'ecinct or ward at such election, 011 such day,
in a. box to be furnished by the Sheriff of the county, one or more
for each precinct.or ward, and to consist of wood, tin or sheet iron,
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and securely fastened by locks, directed to the Sheriff of the county
if there be one, and if none, then to the person discharging the
duties of such office, and then immediately deliver the same to the
returning officer of the precinct.-fSec. 40, pp. 85-86, Acts 1874-75.
19 As soon as all the ballots contained in anyone box are
counted out, the Inspectors sball immediately roll up the ballots so
counted, into separate parcels, which shall consist as near as may be
of the ballots cast respectively for and against the Constitntion, and
label each parcel so as to show whether the ballots contained there­
in were for or against the Constitution, a.nd when so rolled up ~ n d
labeled shall be secureiy sealed. The rejected ballots, if any, shall
also be rolled up and labeled as rejected ballots, and sealed as the
other parcels; and all of such packages so rolled up, sealed and
labeled, together with one poll list which shall also be securely
sealen up, shall be returned to and securely fastened up in the box
from whieh such ballots were taken and counted. and which shall
also be sealed and labeled so as to show the nature of its contents,
and shall be kept by one of the Inspectors for sixty da,ys, and then
the packages taken out of such box without opening or unsealjng
the packages, and destroyed, unless within that time the Inspector
having tllem in custody is notified that tIle election will be contested;
in which case he must preserve the box containing the ballots cast
at said election, until such contest is finally determined, or until
such box is demanded by some other legally constituted custodian
during such contest; and in case there are not enough original poll
lists to put one in each ballot box as herein provided, in such case a
certified copy of the original poll list shall be made out by one of
the Clerks, and certified by the Inspectors, and deposited in the box
as herein required to be done witht-he original.-[Sec. 41, pp. 86-87,
Acts 1874-75.
20. The Sheriff is the county returning officer; and the state·
ment of votes and the poll lists deli vered to the returning officer of
the precinct must be by him delivered to the returning officer of the
county within forty-eight hours after the election, and failing to do
so, he is guilty of a misdemeanor; and on conviction must be fined
not less than oue hundred nor more than five hnndred dollars, and
be confined in the county jail not more than six months. The pre:­
cinct returning officer shall be entitled to five cents per mile going
and returning from the place where the returns are to be made, the
distance beiug reckoned from the place where the election was held,
to be paid out of the county treasury upon the certificate of the
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person authorized to' receive the returus.-[Sec. 42 and 43, p. 87,
Acts of 1874-75.1
21. If any Inspector, Olerk, or other officer, on whom any duty
is imposed by the electiou law, wilfully neglects, or acts corruptly
in any way not expre!:lsly provided for, it is a criminal offence.­
[Sec. 91, p. 98, Acts of 1874-75.]
22. If an;v person, by bribe or offer to or other corrupt
means, attempts to influence any elector in voting, or to interfere
with, or disturb him in the free exercise of his right of suffrage, he
is guilty of a criminal offence.-[Sec. 92, p. 98, Acts of 1874-75.]
23. Any person, who fraudulently ·alters or changes the vote of
an elector, whereby he is prevented from voting as he intended, is
gUilty of a misdemeanor.-[Sec. 93, p. 98, Acts of 1874-5.]
24. It is the Sheriff's duty on election day, to be present in
person or by deputy; at all election precincts, and maintain good
order; and no person is to be allowed within thirty feet of the ballot
box, except while voting; and to carry this out, the sheriff may
deputize a suffient to act at all election precincts, as he may
judge necessary, and in case of necessity, raise a posse comitatus
to put down all riots and disturbances, or attempts at them.-[Sec. '
95, p. 99, Acts of 1874-75.J
25. Any Sheriff or deputy, wilfully or corruptly, failing in this
duty, is guilty of felony, and to be punished accordiugly--[Sec, 96, '
p. 99, Acts of 1874-5.]
26. If any person or persons, disturb on election days, or pre­
vent, or attempt in any way to prevent any elector from freely cast­
ing his ballot, he is gUilty of a misdemeanor, &c.-[Sec. 97, p. 99,
Acts of 1874-5.]
27. No elector is to be arrested on the day of any election
upon any warrant or process issued previous to or upon such eleo­
tion day, unless the same charges the commission of a felony; and·
shall be free from arrest on such election day, e:Kcept as aforesaid,
unless it be for a violation of any of the provisions of the election
law, or for a breach of the peace, or attempt of a breach of the
peace; and in such cases the Sheriff or deputy sheriff shall arrest
such person or persons, so violationg, without process, and safely
confine such person or persons until he or they can give bonds with
good security to be approved by the Sheriff for his appearance
before the next Circuit or City Court to answer any indictment
which may be found against him; and in case of a failure to give
bond, such person shall be committed to the county jail to await
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the action of the grand jury of the county.-rSec. 98, p. 99, Acts of
1874-75.1
28. It is unlawful for any person or persons to sell or give
away any liquors of whatever kind or description during the day
on which any election may be held in this State, or on the day next
preceding such dection day, and it ~ h a l l be the duty of the Sheriff,
deputy sheriff, or any constable, to arrest all persons violating the
provisions of this section, as prescribed in the last preceding section
of the election law; and any person violating the provisions of this
section is guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction must be fined
and imprisoned, at the discretion of the court trying the same.­
[Sec. 99, p. 100, Acts 1874-75.J
29. Any person found drunk or intoxicated at or about any
polling place during any election day, is to be arrested by the Sheriff
or his deputy, and dt>alt with as prescribed in section ninety-eight
of the election law. and may be indicted for a misdemeanor, and
suffer the pams and penalties prescribed in the election law.-[Sec.
100, p. 100, Acts 1874-75.J
30. It is unlawfnl for any person to vote at the election who
has not registered, and duly taken and subscribed to the registration
oath prescribed by the State Constitution (art. 7, sec. 4); and any
person violating this provision is guilty of a criminal offellC6.-(Sec.
101, p. 100, Acts 1874-75.J
INSTRUOTIONS TO INSPECTORS, &0.
1st. Be at the polls at least fifteen minutes before the time ap­
pointed for meeting there, that is to say: at least fifteen minutes
before 8 o'clock A. M.- If not on hand at the time appointed, another
may be appointed in your place.-rSee Sec. 23, p. 81, Acts 1874-75.J
2d. Before opening the polls, select two Clerks of the Election.
[Sec. 25, p. 82, Acts 1874-75.]
3d. Before receiving any ballots cause it to be proclaimed
aloud that the election is opened.-[Sec. 28, p. 82, Acts 1874-75.J
4th. Polls must be opened at the voting places between 8 and
9 oclock A. M., and at all !Jlaces kept open until 5 o'clock P. M.,
and no longer.-(Secs. 22 and 27, p. 82, Acts 1874-75.}
5th. Before opening the polls the Inspectors and Clerks must
take the following oath:
" I, , solemnly swear to perform myduties at this election,
according to law, to the best of my judgment."
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And the InE'pectors in addition to the abo"t"e must also swear:
"That I will not myself, or knowingly allow any other person to
"compare the number of ballots with the number of votes enrolled:
"So help me God."
These oaths may be arlministered by the Inspectors to each
other, or by the Returning Offieer or a Justice of the Peace.-(Sec.
26: p. 82, Acts 1874-75.)
6th. One ballot box is all that needs to be used in voting at
this election.
7th. Elertors must vote by bollot (a plain paper ticket) in the
Ward or Precinct in which they respectively reside.-(Sec. 29, p. 82,
Acts 1874-75.)
8th. The Inspectors should be present at the ballot box during
the entire day.-(See Sec 27, p. 82, Acts 1874-75.)
9th. Immeriiately after the closing of the'polls, the Inspectors
at each polling place must count out the votes pf)lled and set down
the number of votes cast, and in doing so the returning Officer or
one of the Insj;ectors must take the ballots one by one from the box
in which they were deposited, at the same time reading aloud that
the ballot is for or against the: COllstitution, the Inspectors meantime
keeping separate calculations of the number of votes in each case:
and if two or more ballots are found rolled up or folded together
so as to induce the belief the same was done with a fraudulent in­
tent, such ballots must be compared by their number with the poll
lists, and if ascertained to be fra.udulent must be rejected; or if
any ballot contains more than ooe vote, ollIy one must be counted.­
(Sec. 40, pp. 85-86, Acts 1874-75; stated also at length in paragraph
18 of general proviSions in this pamphlet.)
10th. Any person registered on the day of election must produce
the certificate of the Registrar, for that wardeor precinct, that he
has done so, before he can be allowed to vote; and upon the produc­
tion of this certificate, the better plan will be for the Inspectors to
retain that certificate,and after the electivn is closed, to seal up
these certificates in the box with the ballots as provided for in
paragraph 12, page 11 of this pamphlet. After the polls are closed
the Inspectors are to procure from tlle Registrar for that ward or
precinct a list of the vot.ers registered by him on that day, and
attach it to the list of registered voters for the ward or precinct,
as furnished by the Judge of Probate, and return the whole list,
with other papers to the Sheriff, certified as per form in paragraph
16, pages 13 and 14 of this pamphlet, and as stated in paragraph
11, page 11 of this Sec. 40, p. 86, Acts 1874-75.)
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11. In making the calculation of the votes cast, it may be
done upon papers in the following form, viz:
For Constitution . . _. __ ..... ___ . __ .. _....... _.. _....... _..Votes.
Against Constitution. __ ... _.. __ ..... _. _ .. ___ . _.. __ .. _____ Votes.
As soon (;\8 the ballots are all counted out, the Inspectors must
ascertain and reduce to writing, a statement of the result, and cer­
tify to the same in a form such as that shown in paragraph 14, on
page 12, of this pamphlet. They mnst also take one of the poll
lists and certify to it in the form shown in paragraph 15, on page
13, of this pamphlet.
They will also take a list of the- registered voters, autllOrized to
vote at that votillg pJace, on that day, and attach to it a
signed by them in such a form as is shown by paragraph 16, on
pages 13 and 14 of this pamphlet.
These certified papers showing the result of the election and
the poll lists used, and the list of the registered voters, as aforesaid,
must then be at once by the Inspectors sealed up in a box furnished
by · the sheriff, made of wood, tin, or sheet iron, and securely fas­
tened by locks, and the box directed to the Sheriff of Mobile
County; must be by the Inspectors immediately delivered to the
returning officer of the precinct or ward, to be by him delivered
within bours to the Sheriff of Mobile County.-[See Sec.
40, pp. 85, 86, Acts of 1874-75; also, paragraph 18, page 6, and par­
agraphs 14, 15 and 16, on pages 12, 13, and 14 of this pamphlet,
also pargraph 10, page 10.
12. As soon as all the ballots are counted the Inspectors are
to roll them up into separate parcels, consisting as near as may be
of the ballots cast respectively for and against the Consti tution, and
the rejected ballots, and label each parcel, so as to show whether the
ballots were for or against the Constitution, or rejected ballots, and
then secnrely seal the several parcels.
They are also to seal up securely one of the poll lists. They
are thfln to return to the ballot, box all of the said ballots, and
rejected ballots, and poll lists so sealed up, and securely fasten them
up in the box from which the ballots were taken. The Inspectors
are then to seal up this ballot box and label it so as to show the
nature of its contents; and one of the Inspectors (to be selected by
them) will keep the box fllr sixty days, when the packages are to be
taken out of the box and destroyed, without opening or unsealing
the packages, unl(,ss within that. time the Inspector having charge
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of them is notified that some part of the election will be contested,
in which case he must retain the box further, as provided in Section
41, on page 87, of Acts of 1874-75.-[Sec. 41, p. 87, Acts 1874-75.]
13. Have the poll lists headed, thus, viz:
Names of voters at ,in the County of Mobile, on the 16th
day of November, A. D. 1875.
NAMES. NUMBER.
FORM OF INSPECTORS' CERTIFICATE OF THE RESULT
OF THE ELECTION.
14. We, the undersigned, duly appointed and qualified Inspec­
tors of the election at ---- in the· ward, of the City of
Mobile, (or at --. precinct, in the County of Mobile,) held on
the sixteenth day of November, A. D. 1875,under the provisions of
an Act of the General Aassembly of the State of Alabama, entitled,
"An Act to provide for the calling of a Convention to revise and
amend the CoQt,titution of this State, a.pproved March 19th, A. D.
1875, and under a proclamation of the Governor of the State,
issued ill pursuance of said act, to paRS upon the ratification or rejec­
tion of the proposed Revised Constitution of this State, hereby
certify that at the said election, there were, at the said voting place,
on said day, votes cast for the ratification of the proposed
Revised' Constitution, and there were votes cast against the
ratification of the proposed Revised Constitution.
GIVEN under our hands and s e a l s ~ this the
--day of November, A. D. 1875.
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FORM OF INSPEOTORS' OERTIFICATE ON EAOH OR
THE POLL LISTS.
15. We, the undersigned, duly appointed and qualified Inspec­
tors of the election at , in the Ward of the Oit.y of Mobile,
(or at Precinct in the Oounty of Mobile,) held on the sixteenth
day of November, A. D. 1875, under the provisions of an Act of
the General Assembly of the State of Alabama, entitled, "An Act
to provide for the calling of a Oonvention to revise and amend the
Oonstitution of this State," approved March 19th, A. D. 1875, here­
by certify that the foregoing is a true and correct poll list of the
voters at said voting place on said day as taken down by the Olerks
of election, duly appointed and qualiiied for that purpose, contain­
ing pages. We further certify, that the said election was
held on the sixteenth day of November, A. D. 1875, under the pro­
visions of the Act of the General Assembly, entitled as above, and
the proclamation of the Governor of the State, issued in pursuance
thereof, to pass upon the ratification or rejection of the proposed
rensed Oonstitution of the State.
WITNESS our hands and seals, thil:l-s--­
day of November, A. D. 1875.
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FORM OF OERTIFIOATE TO THE REGISTRATION LIST.
16. We, the undersigned, duly appointed and qualified Inspec­
tors of the election, at , in the ward of the Oity of
Mobile, (or at precinct, in the Oounty of Mobile,) held on the
sixteenth day of November, A. D. 1875, under the provisions of an
Act of the General Assembly of the State of Alabama, entitled,
"An Act to -provide for the calling of a Oonvention to revise and
amend the Oonstitution of this State," approvod March 19th, A. D.
1875, and the proclamation of the Governor in pursuance thereof,
hereby certify that the papers attached hereto contain a list of the
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voters ill the said---, on the sixteenth day of Novem­
lier, A. D. 1875.
WITNESS our hands and seals this day
of November, A. D. 1875.

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Inspectors.
17. The oaths takell when any person is challenged, are to be
kept by the Inspectors, and when the election is closed, the Inspect­
tors must forward thern in a sealed package to the Judge of Pro­
bate of the County.-[See the last clause in Sec. 34, Oll page 84,
Acts of ] 874-5.J
18. For other. particulars the Inspectors will consult other
portions of this pamphlet, and also the Acts of the Legislature of
1874-5, as contained on pages 68-76, and pages 76-101, and pages
109-115.
19. Unless the person offering to vote, produces the certificate
oithe proper Assistant Registrar, that he has registered on the day
of the election, you mnst examine the Registration List furnished
you by the Probate Judge, to see if the name of the proposed voter
has been placed on the same; if tIlt name is lIOt found there, and·
he does not plloduce a certificate of registration on the election day,
he is not entitled to voi:e.
DIRECTIONS TO RETURNING OFFICERS.
1. Be at the polling place at least fifteen minutes before 8
o'clock A. M. on the election day.
2. The Box containing the Inspectors' certificates and returns,
must be by you conveyed and delivered to the Sheriff of the County,
within forty-eight hours after the electlon, and failing in this makes
you liable criminally.-[Sec. 43, p. 87, Acts of 1874-5.J
3. For other information, consult othtlr portions of this
pamphlet, as well as the laws themselves referred to in paragraph \
18 of Instructions to Inspectors, in this pamphlet.
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MEMORANDA FOR ASSISTANT REGIS'I'RARS..
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1. Be certain to be present at your voting place before 9
o'clock in t.he morning of the election day, with your Registration
Book and Oath, aud register all applying for registration
on t.hat day who reside within the ward or precinct and not pre­
viously registered, giving to each a certificate as shown by Section
6, page 69) of the Acts of the Legislature of 1874-5, and also, in
paragraph 1, page 2 of this pamphlet.
2. Be certain to place the date on each Registration Certifi­
cate given by you to an elector on the election day.
3. As soon as the polls are closed, furnish to the Inspectors of
election at your ward or precinct, a certified list of the voters regis­
tered by you on the electi.on day.
4_ After the election, make returns to the Judge of Probate as
required by law.
5. It is not lawful for you to register any person except in the
voting precinct or ward in which he i8, at the the time of his regis­
tration, entitled to vote. When you have no personal knowledge of
the identity or residence of an elector, it is your duty to examine
him on oath iu regard to his iuentity anu place of residence. You
can administer the oath to him, and if he swears falsely, he is guilty
of perjury.-rSee Sec. 13 and 15, p. Acts of 1874-5.].
6. If any Assistant Registrar should knowingly and corruptly
register any person as an elector who is not entitled to rf'gister; he
would himself be guilty of a felony, and liable to imprisonment in
the peniteutiary.-[Sec. 10, p. 74, Acts of 1874-5.]
7. Remember it is only the electors actually living in the ward
or precinct on the day of thE' election, and who have not previously
registered in that ward or precinct, who can be lawfully registered
on election day in that ward or precinct.-rSee Sections 2, 6, 13 and
15, on pages 68, 69 and 75 of the Acts of 1874-5.]
8th. Remember that if you have no personal knowledge of
the identity or residence of an elecwr proposing to regi8ter before
you on election day, it is your duty to examine him under oath on
these points, and ji you are not otherwise satisfied, you might, be­
fore permitting hi m to regist.er, administer to him some such oath
as the followi ng :
You do solemnly swear, (or affirm), that you are a duly qualified
• electOr, under the Constitution aud Laws of the Uuiterl St.ates, and
Constitution and Laws of Alabama, that you have resided in the
State of Alabama six montus next preceding this electi,m, and
three months in this county, and now actually reside in this
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""precinct, (or ward), and that you are twenty·one years old or
; Inpwards, and have not b e ~ n convicted of treason, embezzlement of
public fuuds, malfeasance in office, or of any crime punishable by
law with imprisonment in the penitentiary, or of bribery, and that
you are now proposing-to register in your real name: So help you
God.
9. If any person shall, on the election day, register before you
as an elector, when be does not reside in your ward or precinct, or
if he shall swear falsely, before you on that day, in regard to his res­
idence, identity, &c., upon his examination as to his qualifications
to register, prosecution for periury may be at once commenced
against him; and 1;lpon the. proper affidavit being made by any
body, before a Justice of the Peace, and a warrant issued against
him, he may be arrested and held for trial, as in any other case of
felony.-(See Sections 13 and 15, p. 75, Acts of 1874-75. Sees_ 10
and 16, pp. 113 and 115, Acts of 1874·75. Sec. 98, p.99, Acti'lof
1874-75).
TABLE OF OONTENTS.
PAGES.
Qualification ~ f Voters ....... __ .... __ ............ _. . . . . . . . 1-2
Registratiom, &c - _. .............. _................... __ . . 2-3
General Provisions of Law ...................... " . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Instrnctions to Inspectors......... _... _. __ . _ ... _. _....... _ 9-14
Forms _of Inspectors' Certificates. _... _.. _.. _..........•12-14
Directions to Returning Officers ........ _............ _ . . . . 14
Memoranda for Assistant Registrars....................... 15-16
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