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CHAPTER 252 AN ACT TO INCORPORATE THE CITY OF SALISBURY AND TO REPEAL ITS PRESENT CHARTER AND ALL LAWS IN CONFLICT WITH THIS ACT. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact: ORGANIZATION.
That each registrar shall be furnished by said board of commissioners with registration books, and it shall be his duty after being qualified, to perform the functions of his office fairly, impartially, and according to law; to revise the existing registration books of the precinct for which he is appointed in such manner that said books shall show an accurate list of electors previously registered in such precinct and still residing therein, and entitled to vote without requiring such electors to be registered anew; and such registrar shall also, between the hours of seven o’clock A. M. and sunset (Sunday excepted), from and including the last Monday in March up to ten days previous to the election, keep open the books for the registration of any electors residing in such city and entitled to registration, whose names do not appear in the revised list, and he shall register in said books all names of persons not so registered who may apply for registration and who are entitled to vote in said city. Each registrar shall be required to be at the polling place for his precinct on Saturdays from nine A. M. until eight Pp. mM. during the period for registration. He shall keep the names of white voters separate and apart from those of the colored voters, and any person offering to register may be required to take and subscribe an oath that he has resided in the State of North Carolina two years, in Rowan County six months, and in the precinct in which he offers to register four months previous to the day of election, and that he is twenty-one years of age, and that he is a qualified elector of said city. If any person willfully 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 imprisoned sixty days in the county jail. But the board of commissioners, on fifteen days notice, by publication in some newspaper of the city, before the opening of the books, may order an entire new registration of voters whenever they may deem it proper, and in case this form of government is adopted by a vote of the people of Salisbury, together with this charter, there shall be an entirely new registration for the first primary and election held hereunder, and at any and all subsequent primaries and elections, and any one registering and offering to register in either primary or election who is not entitled to register shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. The registration books shall be closed at eight oclock P. M. on the second Saturday before the election, and after the same are closed no person shall be allowed to register except those coming of age after the books close and before or on election day, who are otherwise qualified electors of the city, and the book shall then be placed in the office of the city clerk, and may be inspected by any person so desiring, and the clerk shall mark the day on which they were received by him, and they shall not be taken from his custody until the day of election. Any registrar failing to deposit his registration book with the clerk at the time prescribed shall receive no compensation for making said registration, and shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.