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CHAPTER 243 An act to amend the charter of the city of Raleigh. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact :
That the registrars shall be furnished by said board of aldermen with registration books, and it shall be their duty, after being qualified, to perform the functions of their office fairly, impartially and according to law; to revise the existing registration books of the said city, in such manner that said books shall show an accurate list of electors previously registered in such city and still residing therein, without requiring such electors to be registered anew; and such registrars shall also, on or before the last Monday in March of such year, open the books for the registration of any electors residing in such city, and entitled to registration, whose names have never before been registered in said city or do not appear in the revised list, and to register therein the names of all persons applying for registration and entitled to register and vote in that ward for which such registrar has been appointed, keeping the names of the white voters separate and apart from those of colored voters, designating on the registration books opposite the name of each person registering the place of his residence in his ward; and if any applicant for registration shall not disclose the place of his residence in his ward, his wilful failure so to do shall be prima facie evidence that he is not entitled to register in such ward. Any person offering to register may be required to take and subscribe an oath that he has resided in the state of North Carolina twelve months and in the city of Raleigh and in the ward for which he offers to register ninety days next preceding the day of election, or is otherwise entitled to register, and that he is twenty-one years old, and that his place of residence is at –_-.__- , in such ward; and if any person shall wilfully swear falsely in taking such oath he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction shall be sentenced to pay a fine of one hundred dollars and to be imprisoned sixty days in the county jail. But the board of aldermen, upon thirty days notice, may direct that there shall be an entirely new registration of voters whenever they may deem it necessary for a fair election. A revision of the registration books shall be made, beginning forty days and closing ten days prior to each succeeding election to be held for said city, in accordance with the provisions of section two thousand six hundred and seventy-five of The Code. This revision, or this new registration, if ordered by the board, may, if the board so determine, be conducted by one of the registrars hereinbefore provided for, to be designated by the board, who shall keep all the registration books of the city at the mayors office.