1883 private laws – Ch. 142 Sec. 6

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CHAPTER 142 An act to incorporate the town of Smithfield, in Johnston county. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Said registrar shall be furnished by said county commissioners with registration books at the expense of the town, and it shall be the duty of said registrar to open his books at the time and place designated by said county commissioners in said town, at least thirty days before the day of election herein provided for, and to register therein the names of all persons applying for registration: and entitled to register and vote. It shall be the duty of the registrar to keep the names of the white voters separate and apart from those of colored voters, and he shall designate on the registration books opposite the name of each person registering the ward in which he resides and his place of residence in such ward ;-andif any applicant for registration shall not disclose his place of residence in his ward, his wilful failure so to do shall be prima facia evidence that he is not entitled to registration in such ward.

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