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OF THE

Hustings and Poll Booths,

BEING

A MANUAL OF THE LAW GOVERNING THE
SUCCESSIVE STAGES OF A CONTESTED

ELECTION.

BY

GEORGE WINGROVE COOKE,

OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE, BARRISTER AT LAW.
Author of a Treatise on the Law and Practice of Agricultural
Tenancies, &c. &c.

LONDON:

V. & R. STEVENS AND G. S. NORTON,
Law Booksellers and Publishers,

25, BELL YARD, LINCOLN'S INN.

1857.

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PREFACE.

THIS little handbook does not aspire to rank as a professional treatise on the law of elections; nor do I wish that it should be relied upon as all-sufficient in points of difficult legal controversy.

Having occasion to look closely into the statutes that confer and regulate the exercise of the electoral franchise, I found them more multifarious and more incongruous than I had before believed. I thought, therefore, that at this conjuncture I might perform an office of humble utility, by simplifying, for the use of candidates, returning officers, and voters, those acts, and fragments of partially-repealed acts, which create their rights and liabilities.

Legislation upon this subject is so constant and so spasmodic, that our large legal treatises halt behind it. When I undertook this little work there was none which shewed the law as it is. The Editors of Mr. Roger's work have at length overtaken it by a new edition: but as

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