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CHAPTER 199 AN ACT TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY 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 city; and they shall give due notice of the establishment of said voting place or places by publication in some newspaper published in said city four weeks before the election or by posting such notiges at three or more public places in said city. The board of aldermen shall at their first regular meeting in March, one thousand nine hundred and thirteen, and biennially 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 city of Gastonia, giving in said notice the name of said registrar and the place of registration. The board of aldermen shall furnish said registrar with registration books, and it shall be the duty of the registrar appointed by the year one thousand nine hundred and thirteen and thereafter, for four consecutive Saturdays next preceding the election, between the hours of seven A. M. and seven Pp. 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: Provided, however, that the registrar, after said registration books have been opened and before the same are closed according to law, may in his discretion, register persons applying for registration and entitled to register and vote, at other times and places than the time and place mentioned in said advertisement or notice. 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 city 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 the county jail: Provided, however, that it shall not be required or necessary to have a new registration under this act, but the registration as now in force and effect, under the Private Laws of North Carolina of one thousand eight hundred and ninety-nine, chapter one hundred and forty-eight, or acts supplementary or amendatory thereof, or ordinances of said city in furtherance of said act, shall be in full force and operation, and such books may be revised so as to show an active list of electors previously registered and still residing in said city without requiring said electors to be registered anew; and such registration books shall on the fourth Saturday before the first Monday in May, one thousand nine hundred and thirteen, and biennially thereafter, be opened for the registration of any elector entitled to registration whose names have not 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 ballots in the boxes provided for that purpose, and to superintend and have control of the voting.