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OF THE GENERAL ELECTION.

party to select challenger to

event of failure to select as above

be peace officers of State

to resist a Challenger

Penalty

Each political accredit some suitable person as a challenger to stand

without the door or entrance of the room in which the election room election is to be held, and by the side of the passage here

inbefore provided for; and in case of failure of any or

all of the political parties to select such person or perInspectors and sons as challenger or challengers it shall be the duty of challenger in the Inspector and Judges to make such selection or selec

tions, provided that the challengers may be exchanged and their places filled, in like manner during the day.

The said challengers shall be peace officers of the State Challengers to with the same powers for preserving the peace as the

Inspectors of Election now have. Any person resisting such challenger or challengers shall be deemed guilty of

a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof by indict. Misdemeanor ment shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars

and may at the discretion of the Court be imprisoned for a term not exceeding one year. Such challengers shall be appointed by the respective County Committees of each of the political parties.

Section 3. A political party within the meaning of this Act shall be an organization of bona fide citizens and voters of any county in this State, which shall by means of a convention, primary election or otherwise, nominate candidates for public offices to be filled by the people at any general or special election within the State. No or

ganization shall be regarded as a political party that does Must i denne bere not represent at least five hundred bona fide citizens and in each oounty voters of the county in which it exists. If the Clerk of

the Peace should have any doubt as to the sufficiency of

the number of bona fide voters represented by any orClarke navede- ganization in any county, he may demand a certificate mand certif, containing the signatures, and addresses of two hundred sufficient num- and fifty voters belonging to such an organization, as to

that fact.

Section 4. The Clerks of the Peace for the several counties shall cause to be printed on the ballots herein

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provided for, the names of the candidates nominated by
the parties recognized by them as political parties within
the meaning of this act. The nomination of the condi-
dates for the office of Governor, Representative in Con- Names of com-
gress and Presidential Electors and all other State offi- tified to Clerks
cers shall be certified to the several Clerks of the Peace by officers of

nominating
by the presiding officer and secretary of the several State Convention or
party conventions or committees, and the nominations of
the candidates for the county, hundred and district offi-
ces shall be certified to the respective Clerks of the Peace
of the county in and for which such nominations have
been made by the presiding officer and secretary of the
proper party convention or committee. The certificates
shall be in writing and shall contain the name of each
person nominated, his residence and the office for which form of
he is nominated. The persons making such certificate
shall add to their signatures their respective places of
residence and shall acknowledge said certificate before
an officer duly authorized to take acknowledgments of
deeds, and a certificate of such acknowledgment shall be
affixed to the instrument.

The certificate shall also designate a title for the party Certificate to which such convention or committee represents together of party as well with any simple figure or device by which its list of candidates may be designated on the ballot. Provided that the figure, or title or device selected and designated by Party device to the State convention or committee of any party shall be formly used by that party throughout the State; only one figure the State or device shall be used by a party at any election. The No one device same title, figure or device shall not be used by more more than than one party, and the party first certifying a name, title, figure or device to the Clerks of the Peace shall have device and the prior right to use the same. Such figure or device ed by Clerks of may be the figure of a star, an eagle, a plow, or some such in dispute appropriate symbol, but the coat of arms or seal of the United States State, or of the United States, or the flag of the United coat of arms or States, shall not be used as such figure or device.

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In case of death, resignation or removal of any candi. of a candidate date subsequent to nomination a supplemental certificate

of nomination may be filed by the proper officers of the In case of fac. State, county, district or hundred committees. In case tional division of a division in any party and claim by two or more fac

tions to the same party name or title, figure or device, if ble and decide the division occurs at a State convention, or extends to momed title, throughout the State, the Clerks of the Peace of the sev

eral counties shall, within ten days after any one of them has received the certificates of the contending factions, assemble in the office of the Clerk of the Peace at Dover and determine which faction the name, title or figure properly belongs to, giving the preference to the convention held at the time and place designated in the call of the regularly constituted party authorities; and if within five days thereafter the other faction shall present no other party name or title, figure or device and certify

the same to the Clerks of the Peace the latter shall again Peace to select immediately assemble and select some suitable title, figtitle or device ure or device for said faction and the same shall be placed above the list of their candidates on the ballots.

If the certificate of the contending factions shall not be re

ceived by the Clerks of the Peace in time for them to asClerks of the de semble at Dover before publishing the device and list of Peace to decide individually candidates in the newspapers, then and in that case each

Clerk of the Peace shall determine for himself which faction shall be entitled to the name, title, figure or device and shall select a name, title, figure or device for tl:

other faction. Provided that in case of division in any when a county party extending only throughout a county, district or Vidintikesi hundred, the Clerk of the Peace in the county in which

such division occurs upon the receipt of certificates from the contending factions shall determine which faction is entitled to the party name, figure or device and to have their nominations printed in the proper party column, and should the other faction fail to do so the Clerk of

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Section 5. The Clerks of the Peace of the several Clerks of the

Peace to precounties shall cause to be preserved in their respective serve all certifoffices all certificates of nominations filed under the pro-nations for six visions of this act for six months after the date of the filing thereof.

months.

Section 6. Certificates of nominations herein directed Certificates of

nominations to to be filed with the Clerks of the Peace shall be filed not be filed twenty

days before less than twenty days before the day fixed by law for the election day election of the persons in nomination.

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Section 7. At least ten days before an election to fill To publish list

of nominees any public office the Clerk of the Peace of each county ten days before shall cause to be published in at least two newspapers newspaper within his county the nominations to office certified to him as directed in Section 4. He shall make no less than two publications in each of such newspapers before election. Such publications shall be made in two newspapers representing the two principal political parties. Provided, that in all cities where a daily newspaper is published such notice shall also be published in two daily papers dailyt ne bapa representing such political parties, if such there be. The pers political lists of nominations published by the Clerk of the Peace pe colectia ziedhin shall be arranged as far as practicable in the order and whenever form in which they will be printed upon the ballots, and shall designate the devices under which the lists of candidates of each party will be printed. The Clerk of the Peace shall not include in the publication to be made according to this section the name of any candidate whose certificate of nomination shall have been filed in his office who shall have notified him in writing duly signed Place of the and acknowledged that he will not accept the nomina publish tion. The names of such candidates shall not be included declines a nomin the names of the candidates to beprinted on the ballot notifies the as hereinafter provided.

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Peace

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Names of can- Section 8. The Clerk of the Peace in each county shall in parallel col- cause the names of all candidates to be voted for in his party device county and the several hundreds or districts in the same

to be printed in parallel columns in one ballot, all nominations of any party being placed under the title and device of such party as designated by its authorized agent or agents in the certificate or certificates, or if none be designated under some suitable title and device to be se

lected by the Clerk of the Peace. The ballots shall be of Ballots to be of uniform size and of the same quality and color of paper and same qual- and sufficiently thick that the printing cannot be distin

guished from the back. The arrangement of the ballot

shall in general conform as nearly as possible to the plan Arrangement hereinafter given, and the device named and chosen and

the list of candidates of the Democratic party shall be placed in the first column on the left hand side of said ballot; of the Republican party in the second column and of

any other party in such order as the Clerk of the Peace shall decide.

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