Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 2.djvu/760

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724 TWELFTH CONGRESS. Szss. I. Ch. 75. 1812. to be allowed and fixed by the two boards, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been Qualifications elected. Any person shall be eligible to the office of mayor, who is a °f’“7°" free white male citizen of the United States, who shall have attained to the age of thirty years, and who shall be the bona fide owner of a freehold estate in the said city, and shall have been resident in the said city two years immediately preceding his election : and no other person shall be eligible to the said of50c. In case of the refusal of any person to accept the office of mayor upon his election thereto, or of his death, resignation, inability or removal from the city, the said two boards shall elect another in his place to serve the remainder of the year. Tim¤= wd Sec. 4. And be it futher enacted, That the Fxrst election for members gzics gfr °l$§é of the board of aldermen and board of common council, shall be held 50,,,,5. of adder, on the first Monday in June next, and on the first Monday in June annumeu and eom- ally thereafter: the first election to be held by three commissioners, to be '“°” °°“"°‘l‘ appointed in each ward by the mayor of the city, aud at such place in each ward as be may direct; and all subsequent elections shall be held by a like number of commissioners, to be appointed in each ward by the two boards in joint meeting, which several appointments, except the first, shall be at least ten days previous to the day of each election. And it shall be the duty of the mayor, for the first election, and of the commissioners for all subsequent elections, to give at least five days' previous Elections. public notice of the place in each ward where such elections are to be held. The said commissioners shall, before they receive any ballot, severally take the following oath or affirmation, to be administered by the mayor of the city or any justice of the peace for the county of Washington: “I, A. B. do solemnly swear, or ailirm (as the case may be), that I will truly and faithfully receive and return the votes of such persons as are by law entitled to vote for members of the board of aldermen and board of common council in ward, N0. according to the best of my judgment and understanding; and that I will not, knowingly, receive or return the vote of any person who is not legally entitled to the same, so help me G0d." The polls shall be opened at ten 0’c10ck in the morning, and be closed at seven o’clock in the evening of the same day. Immediately on closing the polls, the commissioners of each ward, or a majority of them, shallecount the ballots and make out under their hands and seals a correct return of the two persons for·the Grst. election, and of the one person for all subsequent elections, having the greatest number of legal votes, together with the number of votes given to each, as members of the board of aldermcn; and of the three persons having the greatest number of legal votes, together with the number of votes given to each, as members of the board of common council; and the two persons at the first election and the one person at all subsequent elections, having the greatest number of legal votes for the board of aldcrmen; and the three persons having the greatest number of legal votes for the board of common council, shall be duly elected; and in all cases of an equality of votes the commissioners shall decide by lot. The said returns shall be delivered to the mayor of the city on the succeeding day, who shall cause the same to be published in some newspaper printed in the city of Washington. A duplicate returrgtogether with a list of the persons who voted at such election, shall also be made by the said commissioners to the register of the city, on the day succeeding the election, who shall preserve and record the same; and shall, within two days thereafter, notify the several persons so returned, of their election. And each board shall judge- the legality of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members; and shall supply vacancies in its own body, by causing elections to be made to 611 the same in the ward and for the board in which such vacancies shall happen, giving at least five duys’ notice previous thereto; and each board shall have full power to pass all