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piles, one pile for each change of position, and then shall be piled by taking one from each pile, and placing it upon the pile to be cut, the intention being that every ballot in the pile shall have a different position as near as may be. After the pile is made in this manner they may be cut and placed in piles as provided by the general election law.
There shall be no printing on the backs of the ballots or any marks to distinguish them but the initials of the chairman of
the board of inspectors. Clerks to Sec. 6. It shall be the duty of the city clerk of Grand supply ballots.
Rapids and the county clerk of the said county of Kent, as the case may be, to provide and prepare a sufficient number of ballots to be used at such primary elections; at least three
ballots to every two electors of each party according to the Proof copy to vote at the last preceding general election. A proof copy of the
ballot shall be placed on file at the office of the said city clerk of the city of Grand Rapids, or the county clerk of the said county, as the case may be, to be opened for the inspection of
candidates named thereon, at least five days prior to said To whom primary election. The ballots shall be delivered by the said ballots delivered. city clerk, or the county clerk of the said county to the several
chairmen of the several boards of inspectors in the several wards or voting precincts of said city, and the said township and election districts of said county in the manner provided by the general election laws of the State of Michigan for the de
livery of ballots. Ballots not to be given to
SEC. 7. It shall be unlawful for the printer of such ballots
or any other person to give or deliver to any one, or knowingly cept clerks.
permit any of said ballots to be taken by any person other than the city clerk and said county clerk for whom such ballots are being printed, or print, or cause, or permit to be printed any primary election ballot in any other form, than the one prescribed by this act, or with any other name thereon, or with names misspelled or the names arranged in any other way than that authorized and directed by said
county clerk or said city clerk as the case may be. Place of hold
SEC. 8. A primary election shall be held in each voting preing primary.
cinct in said city and county and at the place designated by
the officers whose duty it is to designate the places for holding Who to give elections. At least ten days prior to the time herein set for of
the holding of such primary elections, the city marshal if a city election, and the sheriff of Kent count, if a county or legislative election, shall give notice of the holding of such election, which notice shall be in writing, and be delivered to the township clerk of each township, and to the several chairmen of the several boards of primary election inspectors in said
city. Notice of The notice required by the general election law, or provided registration.
by the charter of the city of Grand Rapids, as the case may be, for the registration of electors, shall be required and given with reference to all primary elections. Said notice shall also designate the offices for which candidates are to be chosen.
SEC. 9. The several boards of primary election inspectors Appointto manage and conduct such elections, in the various voting election inprecincts in said city, shall be appointed in the same manner spectors. as inspectors of election are now chosen, and whose duties shall be the same as those imposed on inspectors of election under the general election law of this State; but the majority of each board shall be chosen from the political party which cast the highest number of votes at the last preceding general election. The said board of inspectors in each of the said Term of office, voting precincts of the said city and county, shall consist of three members of whom the first appointed shall be chairman, and they shall hold office for the term of two years next following their appointment, and until their successors are appointed, and they shall receive three dollars for their services at such primary election to be paid from the same fund and in the same way as in general elections. In case one or more of Filling of the persons so appointed shall, from any cause, fail to appear at the time and place specified for the holding of said primary election, his or their places shall be filled on said board from among the electors at the opening of the polls, in the manner prescribed in the general election law of the State. The said Clerks of board shall have the power to appoint from the electors present at said polls, two clerks whose duties shall be the same as those prescribed by the general election law of the State. Said clerks shall receive three dollars for their services.
SEC. 10. The following sections of the general election law, Sections of relating to the arrangements of polling places, the ballot applied to boxes, booths, inspectors, and clerks, are hereby made applic. primaries. able to primary elections held under this act, to wit: Sections three thousand six hundred thirty-one, and three thousand six hundred thirty-two and three thousand six hundred seventeen of the Compiled Laws of one thousand eight hundred ninety-seven.
SEC. 11. The polls in the several voting precincts on the Time polls primary election day shall be kept open for the purpose of voting from twelve o'clock noon until eight o'clock in the evening: Provided, That in the townships the polls shall be Proviso. closed at six o'clock p. m.
Sec. 12. All persons entitled to vote in any precinct at the Who entitled next ensuing general election shall be entitled to vote in that precinct in the primary elections. No voter shall receive a primary election ballot, or be allowed to vote, until he is first duly registered as a voter in the manner provided by law, and it shall be the duty of inspectors of primary elections to examine the books of registration and know that each voter is duly registered and entitled to vote before his ballot shall be received. An elector offering to vote shall receive the ticket or ballot Voter to state
ballot wanted. of but one political party. It shall be incumbent upon him to state to the inspector of election, having in charge the handling of ballots to electors, the ticket he desires such as, “The
May swear vote in.
Republican," "The Democratic” or the ticket of any party he
may name. If his right to vote that ticket is not challenged Challenge of he shall be entitled to receive that ticket forthwith. It shall
be competent for any elector or inspector of primary election present, to challenge the right of any one offering to vote on the ground that he is not a legal voter in that precinct or that he is generally known to belong to a political party opposed to the party whose ticket he has asked for. When the right of any voter to cast a ballot is challenged he shall be required to make oath that he will be entitled to vote in that precinct at the next ensuing election and that he is in sympathy with
the political party whose ticket he proposes to vote. Such Form of oath. oath or affidavit shall be in the following form: “I......
do hereby solemnly swear that I am a resident and voter in the township of.....,
....precinct of . ward of the city of Grand Rapids, or will be at the next ensuing election, that I am in sympathy with the principles of the
... party and expect to vote the ticket of that party at the next ensuing election. Inspectors The inspectors of primary elections, in their discretion, may voter to sub- require a voter challenged, to subscribe to the above oath or
affidavit. Printed copies of it for that purpose shall be furnished in sufficient number as primary election tickets and tally sheets are furnished. When a challenge is decided in favor of a voter he shall then receive the ballot asked for and be entitled to the privilege of voting, the same as though his
right had not been challenged. Challenged When any voter shall be challenged, the inspector receivbe numbered. ing the tendered vote shall place a number on the back of the
ballot. The same number shall be set opposite the person's name offering said challenged vote by the clerk of said primary election. The numbers are not to be divulged to any person or persons whomsoever, unless there shall be a contest or a recount of the legality of primary election, or ordered to do so by a court of competent jurisdiction. The first chal.. lenged vote shall be numbered one (1) and then each challenged ballot shall be in numerical order as the challenges
are made. Marking, etc., SEC. 13. When an elector has received his ballot, he shall elector. forthwith retire to an unoccupied booth, and without delay
mark the ballot as he sees fit, with the pencil to be found in such booth. If he soils or defaces said ballot he shall at once return the same, and get a new ballot. In marking his ballot he shall observe the following rules: The elector shall desig. nate his choice on his ballot by marking a cross (X) in each of the small squares opposite the name of the candidate for whom he desires to vote, being careful not to vote for more candidates for office than are to be elected thereto at the election to follow the primary election as indicated on the ballot at the left of each office for which candidates are to be selected. The provisions of section three thousand seven hun
of ballot by
dred fifty-one of the Compiled Laws of eighteen hundred ninety-seven are hereby made applicable to this act. SEC. 14. When an elector has prepared his ballot, he shall Ballots, how
folded, deposfold it with the edge upon which are the initials of the chair ited, etc. man uppermost, and so fold it as to conceal face thereof, and all marks thereon, and shall hand the same to the inspector of said primary election who is in charge of the ballot box. The folded ballots when returned, shall be placed in the proper ballot box, and the name of the voter shall be checked off upon the registration list, kept by said board of inspectors of the primary election.
SEC. 15. It shall be the duty of each board of registration Duplicate in the several voting precincts in the townships of said county, books.
registration and wards of said city, in addition to all other duties required of them by law, to make a duplicate copy of the names of the electors registered at any registration, in a book to be provided them for that purpose. Upon the completion of said registration, the said extra books of names of electors reg. istered, shall be delivered to the proper officers, as books of registration are now delivered under the general registration law of this State. It shall be the duty of the said officers who To whom
delivered. receive said extra books when a primary election is to be held, to deliver them to the chairman of the several boards of primary election inspectors to be used at the said primary election.
SEC. 16. As soon as the polls are finally closed, the board Canvass of of primary election inspectors shall proceed to canvass the votes. votes. Such canvass shall be public. The ballot boxes shall be opened and the whole number of ballots counted. If the ballots shall be in excess of the number of electors voting, according to the poll lists, the number in excess shall be drawn out as provided in section three thousand six hundred fortysix of the general election laws of this state. Except as herein otherwise provided the matters pertaining to the canvassing of votes shall be conducted in the manner prescribed for the canvassing of votes at the general election in this State.
SEC. 17. Two sets of tally sheets, or two tally books for Two sets of each political party having candidates to be voted for at said tally sheets! primary election, shall be furnished for each voting precinct furnished. by the said city clerk or county clerk, as the case may be, at the same time, and in the same manner, that the ballots are. furnished, and shall be substantially as follows: Each tally Heading. sheet, or the first sheet for each tally book to be furnished shall be headed: "Tally sheet for... ..(name of political party),
(name of county or city), (ward or town).
...voting precinct for a primary election held..
..(date)." The names of the candidates shall be placed on the tally How made sheets in the order in which they appear on the official bal. out. lots, and each case shall have the proper party designated at the head thereof. Opposite the names of the respective candidates shall be placed the whole number of votes cast for
whom to consist.
To make statement.
Statement of votes.
him at said primary election. This tally sheet, together with the ballots, shall be placed in the ballot boxes and delivered by the chairman of said board of primary election inspectors to the city clerk or county clerk, as the case may be. The chairman of the board of election inspectors shall also return the registration books to the officers from whom they
received them. Canvassing SEC. 18. The clerk of the city of Grand Rapids, and the board, of
clerk of the county of Kent, and the judge of probate of Kent
county shall constitute the canvassing board for said city Meetings. and county for the purpose of the primary election, and shall
meet in the office of the probate court in the county court house, at ten o'clock on the morning of the day following said primary election, and shall proceed, after taking the usual oath of office, openly and publicly, to canvass the primary election returns made to the city clerk or the county clerk. The canvassing board need not wait until all the returns are at hand before beginning.
SEC. 19. The canvassing board shall make and prepare a statement, the same to be signed by the said board and filed in the office of the county clerk, or the city clerk, as the case may be, as follows:
First, A statement containing the names of all candidates voted for at the primary election with the number of votes received by each, and for what office. Said statement to be
made as to each political party separately; of persons Second, A statement of the names of the persons or candi. receiving nomination. dates of each political party who are nominated, to wit:
Those persons or candidates of such political party who re. ceive the highest number of votes for the respective offices, and where there is more than one person to be elected for a given office at the ensuing election, there shall be included in said statement of nomination the names of so many candidates of such party receiving the next highest number of votes as there are persons to be elected to said office at said ensuing election. Said statement shall in like manner be
made separately as to each political party; or number of
Third, A statement of the whole number of electors reg. electors registered istered, and the number of ballots cast at such primary elec
tion. If two or more candidates of the same political party are tied for the same office, the tie shall be determined by lot, and to be cast then and there by and as the canvassing board
may determine. To notify It shall be the duty of said canvassing board to notify each candidates.
of the successful candidates of their nomination, and that his name will be placed upon an official ballot at the next ensuing election.
SEC. 20. The persons whose names are so properly placed in said nominating statements, shall be and constitute the nominees of the several political parties of which they are candidates, and such names shall be printed upon the official ballots prepared for the ensuing election in like manner as
Who to be candidates.