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County election board and its duties.

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mittee of such appointee's political party, and such chairman may, within three days thereafter, recommend a successor, who shall thereupon be appointed: Provided, That if such chairman shall fail to make recommendation of such appointment within the time specified, the Governor of the Territory shall make such appointment of his own selection from such political party. It shall be the duty of such board to receive and act upon certificates and petitions from nominations of candidates for delegate to Congress, and for members of the Legislative Assembly of this Territory, and to designate the name and place of residence of the candidates nominated for delegate to Congress, together with the name of the party or petitioners by whom they were nominated, and the names and place of residence of the candidates for the office of councilman and representative in the respective council and representative districts of this Territory, together with the name of the party or petitioners, by whom they were nominated. The members of such board shall serve without compensation.

SECTION 2. That section 5, of article 1, chapter 23, of the Session Laws of Oklahoma Territory, of 1895, be, and the same is, hereby amended to read as follows: Section 5. In each county in the Territory, the county clerk and one person by him appointed from each of the following political parties, to-wit: People's party, Democratic party, Free Silver party and Republican party, shall constitute a board of county election commissioners. Said appointments shall be made in all respects as appointments of the Territorial board of election commissioners are required to be made by the Governor of the Territory, except the privilege of nomination shall belong to the chairman of the county central committee of the party from which the nomination is to be made. It shall be the duty of such board to prepare and distribute ballots of all officers to be voted for in such county. The members of such board shall serve without compensation.

SECTION 3. That section 6, of article 1, of chappetitions. and ter 23, of the Session Laws of Oklahoma Terri

candidates:

certificates of

nomination. tory, of 1895, be, and the same is, hereby amended

to read as follows: Section 6. The board of election commissioners shall designate as the persons to be voted for the names of the candidates nominated by the convention of any party that has kept up its organization since the last general election, as certified to said board by the presiding officer and secretary of said convention, or in case of primary election, by the chairman and secretary of any county or township committee; and also the names of any candidates for office, when petitioned to do so, by the electors qualified to vote for such candidate, as follows: For a Territorial officer, or any officer for whom all the electors of the Territory are entitled to vote, five hundred petitioners; for a county officer or a member of the legislative assembly, fifty petitioners; for an officer of a township, ward or other division, less than a county, twenty petitioners. The signatures to such petition need not be appended to one paper, but no petitioner shall be counted except his residence and postoffice address be designated. Such petition shall state the name and residence of each of such candidates, that he is legally qualified to hold such office; that the subscribers desire and are legally qualified to vote for such candidate, and may designate a brief name by which their candidate may be designated on the ballots. The certificate of nomination by a convention or primary election shall be in writing and shall contain the name of each person nominated, his residence and the office for which he is nominated, and shall designate a title for the party or principle which such convention or primary election represents. Said certificate shall be signed by the presiding officer and secretary of such convention, or by the chairman and secretary of the committee supervising such primary election, who shall add to their signatures their respective places of residence, and acknowledge the same before an officer duly au thorized to take acknowledgments of deeds. A certificate of such acknowledgment shall be appended to such instrument. In case of death, resignation, or removal of any candidate subsequent to nomination, unless a supplemental certificate or petition of nomination be filed, the chairman of the Territory, county,

Size, color and form of ballot.

city or township committee, shall fill such vacancy. In case of division in any party, and the name or title is claimed by two or more factions of the same party, the board of election commissioners shall give the preference of name to the convention held at the time and place designated in the call of the regularly constituted party authorized, and if the other faction shall present no other party name, the board of election commissioners shall select a name or title for such faction. Certificates and petitions of nomination of candidates for the office of delegate to Congress, and for members of the legislative assembly shall be filed with the Governor of the Territory. Certificates and petitions of nominations of candidates for officers to be voted for by electors of any county, or division of the county exclusively, shall be filed with the county clerk of such county.

SECTION 4. That section 8, of article 1, of chapter 23, of the session laws of Oklahoma Territory, of 1895, be, and the same is, hereby amended to read as follows: Section 8. The board of election commissioners of each county shall cause to be printed on one ballot, the names of the candidates for delegate to Congress, and the names of the candidates for councilman and representative to be voted for by the voters for whom the ballot is prepared as certified to by the county clerk, by the Governor, and the names of all candidates for county and township offices. The names of all the candidates for each office to be placed together in a group, under the name of the office for which they were nominated, with an abbreviation of the name of the party or petitioners by which each candidate was nominated or petitioned for, placed after the name of each candidate on the same line. Said board shall prepare for the printer, who shall be designated by the county commissioners, a copy of the official ballot for each voting precinct, containing the names of all the candidates to be voted for by the voters of such precinct. The arrangement of the ballot shall conform as nearly as possible to the form hereinafter given in this section. The ballot shall be of uniform size and of the same quality, and of white paper, and sufficiently thick so that the

printing cannot be distinguished from the back; and the names of all candidates and the abbreviation for the name of the party, printed adjacent to each name, shall be printed in uniform type. The names of the candidates for delegate to Congress, and for the legislative assembly, shall be placed in one column at the left side of the ticket under the head, "Territorial Officers"; the names of the candidates for county offices in one column to the right of the Territorial ticket under the head, County Officers;" and the 'names of the candidates for township offices in one column to the right of the county ticket under the head, "Township Officers," and the mutilation of one group shall not affect any other group. The arrangement and printing of the ballot shall in general conform as nearly as possible to the following form, the name of each party candidate being placed alternately at the top of each group.

Official Ballot.

Stamp [mark a cross] in the square to the left of the person for whom you wish to vote.

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SECTION 5. That

ter 23, of Session

For County Clerk.

Robert Boyd (Rep.)
Alfred Nevins, (Pop)
Albert Burton (Dem)
For Commissioner,
First District.
Henry Andrews (Pop)
John Smith, (Rep.)
Albert Jones, (Dem.)

For Road Overseer,
District No. 2.

Harold Hixon (Dem.)
Joe Jamison,

(Rep.)

Hugh Dinsmore (Pop)

Wm. Fisher, (Rep.)
Henry Johns, (Pop.)
Will Drink, (Dem.)

For Clerk.

N ah Lott, (Pop.)
Luke Wright, (Dem.)
Horace Mann, (Rep.)
For Road Overseer,
District No. 1.

Ray Wilson, (Dem.)
Marion Butler, (Pop.)
Mark Hanna, (Re)

section 9, of article 1, of chap- Manner of Laws of Oklahoma Territory,

of 1895, be, and the same is, hereby amended to read as follows: Section 9. When a voter shall

voting.

have been passed by the challengers, or shall have been sworn in, he shall be admitted to the election room: Provided however, That not more than three voters shall be allowed in the room at one time. On entering the room, the voter shall announce his name to the poll clerks, who shall register it. The clerk holding the ballots shall deliver to him one ballot and the clerk holding the pencil shall deliver it to him. The voter shall then and without leaving the room, go into any of the booths which may be unoccupied and indicate the candidate for whom he desires to vote, by marking a cross [x] with an indelible pencil in the square immediately preceding their names, and indicate his preference on any question of constitutional amendment or other special matter by making a cross [x] to the left of the words "yes" or "no" under such questions. All the voters in each voting precinct may vote for one candidate for the office of road overseer in each road district in the precinct. Before leaving the booth or compartment, the voter shall fold his ballot so that no part of the face thereof shall be exposed, and leaving the initials of the poll clerks exposed, and on leaving the booth or compartment, shall return the pencil to the clerk from whom he received the same, and deliver the ballot to the inspector, or to the judge who may temporarily be authorized to act for him, and who shall forthwith, in the presence of the voter, and of the election board, deposit the same in the ballot box; and the clerks shall write the word "voted" after the name of the voter on the poll list: Provided however, That if any elector shall show his ballot, or any part thereof, to any other person after the same has been marked, so as to disclose any of the candidates voted for, such ballot shall not be deposited in the ballot box. A minute of such occurrence shall be made on the poll list, and such person shall not be allowed to vote thereafter. The voter shall then leave the room, but no voter to whom a ballot and pencil, or either, have been delivered, shall be permitted to leave the room without voting the ballot or returning it to the clerk from whom he received the same, or without returning the pencil to the clerk from whom he

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