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AN ACT to incorporate the school district of Crystal Falls, in Iron county.
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
SECTION 1. The following described territory, situate and Territory to being in the county of Iron, is hereby reincorporated as a school district, to be known in law under the name and style of the "School District of Crystal Falls," to wit: The territory now included in the organized township of Crystal Falls and the territory now included in the corporate limits of the city of Crystal Falls.
SEC. 2. The said school district shall be subject to the gen- Laws to eral laws of the State, so far as the same may be applicable, and shall have all the powers and privileges conferred upon primary and graded school districts by the laws of this State, all the general provisions of which shall apply and be enforced in said school district, except such as shall be inconsistent with the provisions of this act; and all schools organized in said district in pursuance of this act shall be public and free to all persons actual residents within the limits thereof five years of age and over, and to such other persons as the board of education thereof, hereinafter provided for, shall admit: Provided, That whenever the majority of the electors in any Proviso. surveyed township in said district shall petition the board of education to establish. a school or schools therein, said board of education is hereby authorized and directed, within three months thereafter, to organize such school or schools.
SEC. 3. The board of education of said school district shall Board of education, consist of five trustees, two of whom shall reside outside of the how consticorporate limits of said city of Crystal Falls, and three within tuted. the limits of said city of Crystal Falls, to be elected as hereinafter provided, each of whom shall have one vote therein.
SEC. 4. The board of registration for said school district Board of regshall consist of the president, the treasurer and the secretary constituted. of the board of education, and, in case of the absence of any of them, or his inability to serve, the trustee not holding the office of president, whose term of office will soonest expire. shall act in his stead, but any two of such board of registration shall have authority to act and transact business to the same extent as if all the members thereof were present.
SEC. 5. It shall be the duty of the board of registration to To provide provide, at the expense of such school district, a suitable book, electors to be known as the "register of electors," so made and arranged as to be capable of containing an alphabetical list of the respective christian and surnames, in full, of all persons entitled to vote at the meetings of said school district, the date of regis tration of each such person, and the street or other locality of his residence.
SEC. 6. As soon as practicable after this act shall take effect, Who to copy the secretary of the board of education shall copy into the electors.
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register of electors the names, residences and dates of registration of all the qualified electors of the city of Crystal Falls and of the township of Crystal Falls, as the same shall appear according to the several books of registration thereof for the last preceding general election. The city clerk of said city and the township clerk of said township shall furnish the said secretary of the board of education all reasonable facilities and opportunity to use the respective city and township books of registration for the purpose aforesaid. The register of electors so made up, subject to the additions and other changes lawfully made by the board of registration of said school district at any regular session thereof, shall be the register of electors for use at the then next annual or special meeting of said school district.
SEC. 7. On the Saturday next preceding an annual meeting or any special meeting, of said school district, and on such other days as shall be appointed therefor by the board of education. not exceeding three days in all, previous to any such meeting, the board of registration shall be in session at such place in said school district as shall be designated therefor as hereinafter provided, from eight o'clock in the forenoon until eight o'clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of completing the list of the qualified electors of said school district; during which session, it shall be the right of every person who, at the then next approaching meeting of said school district, may be a qualified elector of said school district, and whose name is not already registered as a qualified elector of said school district, to have his name entered in the register of electors as a qualified elector of said school district.
SEC. 8. Every person who shall have resided in said school district twenty days next preceding any annual or special meeting of said school district, and shall also possess the qualifications of an elector under the constitution of this State, shall be a qualified elector of said school district at such meeting.
SEC. 9. At least two weeks previous to the commencement of any such session of the board of registration, the board of education shall fix the place in said school district where the board of registration will meet, and, at least eight days before such session of the board of registration, the secretary of the board of education shall give notice by handbills posted in ten public places in said school district, and by publication in one or more newspapers printed in said school district, of the time and place when and where the board of registration will meet. Except as in this act otherwise provided, the general laws of this State relating to the registration of electors in townships shall apply to the registration of electors in said school district.
At the session of the board of registration next preceding the annual meeting of said school district to be held in the year one thousand nine hundred five, and every fifth year thereafter, a re-registration of the qualified electors of said school district shall be made in a suitable book to be provided for that purpose at the expense of said school district, of which
re-registration, notice shall be given with the notice hereinbefore provided of the time and place when and where such session shall be held; and, after such new registration shall have been made, all previous registers of electors of said school district shall be invalid and no longer used, but the new register of electors shall thereafter be the only register of electors to be used at any meeting of said school district.
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SEC. 11. At any annual or special meeting of said school Who to give district, and as soon as the polls are opened, the secretary of inspectors. the board of education shall cause the register of electors to be placed in the hands of the inspectors of election for said meeting, to be used by them during the meeting and to be returned to such secretary immediately thereafter; and they shall not receive the vote of any person whose name is not written therein. But, in case any person shall offer and claim the right to When may vote whose name is not so registered, his name may then and there be registered by one of the clerks of election, under the direction of the inspectors, upon the terms and conditions following: One of the inspectors shall administer to him an oath in the following form, viz.: You do solemnly swear that Form of oath. you will true answers make to such questions as shall be asked you touching your qualifications as an elector at this poll; so help you God; or an affirmation to the same effect; which oath or affirmation, if he be unable to understand the English language, may be interpreted to him by an inspector, or by an interpreter sworn by an inspector, which interpreter shall also interpret to him the questions, and his answers thereto to
the inspectors. If, in his answers so given on oath or affirma- When person tion, he shall state positively that he has resided in said registration. school district twenty days next preceding said meeting, designating particularly the place of his residence, and that he possesses the other qualifications of an elector at such meeting, stating such qualifications, and shall furthermore swear or affirm that, owing to sickness or bodily infirmity of himself, or some member of his household, giving the name of such member, or owing to his absence from said school district on public or private business and without intent to avoid or delay his registration during the then last session of the board of registration, he has been prevented from causing his name to be registered previously; and, if furthermore some qualified elector of said school district, not a candidate for any office at that meeting, shall take an oath before said inspectors, which oath any one of said inspectors may administer, that he is well acquainted with such applicant, that such applicant has, in fact, resided in said school district twenty days next preceding such meeting, and that he, such elector, has good reason to believe, and does believe, that all the statements and answers aforesaid of such applicant are true, the inspectors may, in their discretion, direct one of the clerks of election to register such applicant's name and residence, with the date of such registration, as a qualified elector of said school district. If such applicant or such elector shall in said matter wilfully make any false statement, he shall be deemed guilty of perjury,
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SEC. 12. The board of education for said school district shall be the board of election commissioners thereof and shall perform such duties relative to the preparation and printing of ballots for use at any meeting of said school district as are required by law of the boards of election commissioners of counties, and like duties and privileges as are enjoined and granted by the laws governing general elections upon and to the various committees of different political organizations, are hereby prescribed for the committees of such organizations for such school district in respect of meetings of said school district held pursuant to the provisions of this act; except that it shall not be necessary for such committees to furnish a vignette or heading for the ballot, other than to designate the name of the party or political organization which they represent; and the names of candidates shall be given by such committees to the board of election commissioners not less than five secular days before the meeting involved, and the proof copy of the ballot shall be open to the inspection of the chairman of each such committee at the office of the secretary of the board of education not less than two clear secular days before such meeting.
SEC. 13. The annual meeting of said school district for the election of officers and the transaction of other business pertaining to said district, shall be held on the second Monday of July in each year, and at such places in said district as the board of education shall by resolution designate. The first annual meeting, under the provisions of this act, shall be held on the second Monday of July, one thousand nine hundred three, at which meeting the electors present shall elect, by ballot, three trustees, two for the term of two years each, and one for the term of one year, and until their successors shall have been elected and qualified; and annually thereafter at the annual school meeting, the electors shall elect trustees in the places of those whose term shall expire at the time of said meeting, the regular term of office being two years: Provided, That the two members of the board of education of the township district of Crystal Falls, who, at the election held in said school district in July in the year one thousand nine hundred two, were elected for the term of two years, shall continue to act as the trustees of the board of education provided for by this act, until the first Monday of August in the year one thousand nine hundred four: Provided further, That the board of education of the township school district of Crystal Falls, as existing at the time this act shall take effect, shall continue as the board of education of the school district hereby incorporated, until the first Monday of August, in the year one thousand nine hundred three, and until a board of education shall have been duly constituted and organized as provided by this act. and shall have all the powers, duties and privileges vested by the provisions of this act in the board of education of such school district hereby incorporated.
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The said trustees elected on the said second Monday in July, Trustees, one thousand nine hundred three, together with the two stitute. trustees above mentioned, shall become the board of education of said school district of Crystal Falls on the first Monday of August, one thousand nine hundred three and shall organize the board as provided in section twenty-two of this act, and immediately thereafter the board of elueation as organized at the time this act shall take effect shall turn over to said newly organized board all the records and property belonging to the township school district of Crystal Falls.
SEC. 14. Special meetings of said school district may be ap- May hold pointed by resolution of the board of education at such times ings. and places in said district as such board shall designate, and the general purpose of any such special meeting shall be set forth in the resolution appointing such meeting.
SEC. 15. Notice of the time and place of holding any annual or special meeting of said school district, and of the officers to be elected and the questions to be voted upon by ballot, shall be given by the secretary of the board of education at least ten days before such meeting, by posting such notices in ten public places in said school district, and by publishing such notice in one or more newspapers printed in such district.
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SEC. 16. The five trustees of said school district shall be the Who to be inspectors of inspectors of election at any annual or special meeting held in elections. and for said district. But, in case five inspectors shall not attend at the opening of the polls, or shall not remain in attendance during the meeting, the electors present may choose viva voce, such number of said electors as, with the inspector or inspectors present, shall constitute a board of five in number; and such electors so chosen shall be inspectors of that meeting during the continuance thereof.
SEC. 17. If the secretary of the board of education be Who to be present he shall act as clerk of the meeting, and before the open- elections. ing of the polls, the inspectors shall appoint an elector to be a second clerk of the meeting; and, if the secretary of the board of education shall not be present, the inspectors shall appoint two such clerks; and each of the clerks so appointed, and each of the inspectors so chosen, shall take the constitutional oath of office, which oath either of the inspectors may administer. When the president of the board of education shall be acting as one of the board of inspectors of election, he shall be chairman thereof; but if he be absent, such one of their number as the inspectors shall designate shall be chairman.
SEC. 18. On the day of such meeting, the polls thereof shall Poles, when be opened at nine o'clock in the forenoon, or as soon thereafter as maybe, and shall continue, without intermission or adjournment, open until five o'clock in the afternoon of the same day, and no longer. The inspectors shall cause proclamation to be made upon opening the polls, and shall also cause proclamation to be made of the closing of the polls, one hour. thirty minutes, and fifteen minutes respectively, before the closing thereof.