1899 private laws – Ch. 148 Sec. 6

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CHAPTER 148 An act to amend the charter of the town of Gastonia, North Carolina. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

That it shall be the duty of the board of aldermen to declare at what place or places elections shall be held in said town; and they shall give due notice of the establishment of said voting place or places by publication in some newspaper published in said town for four weeks before the election or by posting such notices at three or more public places in said town. The said board of aldermen shall at their first regular meeting in March, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine, and annually thereafter, appoint a registrar for said election and shall give notice of registration by causing publication to be made at three public places in said town of Gastonia, giving in said notice the name of said registrar and the place of registration. The aldermen shall furnish such registrar with registration books, and it shall be the duty of the registrar appointed by the year eighteen hundred and ninety-nine and thereafter for four consecutive Saturdays next preceding the election, between the hours of seven a.m. and seven p. m., to open the registration books at such place or places as has been advertised as aforesaid, and to register therein the names of all persons applying for registration and entitled to register and vote, keeping the names of the white voters separate and apart from those of the colored voters. Any person offering to register shall be required to take an oath that he is a citizen of North Carolina and has resided in the county ninety days and in the town of Gastonia thirty days, and if any person shall willfully swear falsely he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction be sentenced to pay a fine of fifty dollars or imprisoned for thirty days in tae county jail: Provided, however, that after the first registration shall have been made anew registration shall not be made annually, but such registration books may be revised so as to show an active list of electors previously registered and still residing in said town without requiring said electors to be registered anew. And such registration books shall on the fourth Saturday before the first Monday in May, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine, and annually thereafter, be opened for the registration of any elector entitled to registration whose names have never before been registered in said books or do not appear in the revised list: Provided, however, that the board of aldermen may at any time order a new registration. The said registrar and the two judges appointed as above set forth shall compose the judges or inspectors of election to open the polls, receive and deposit the bailotsin the boxes provided for that purpose, and to superintend and have control of the voting. :

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