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Parliamentary Elections (Ireland) Act 1823

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. II.Mayor or other Chief Magistrate to hold Sessions for Registry of Freeholders.

  3. III.Freeholds may be registered at any Sessions.

  4. IV.Freeholders, having Freeholds (not consisting of a Rentcharge) of 50l. or 20l. to take the following Oath.

  5. V.Persons holding Freeholds consisting of Rentcharge of 50l. or 20l. to take the following Oath.

  6. VI.Freeholders under the Value of 20l. to take the following Oath.

  7. VII.No Tax, Cess, &c. shall be deemed a Charge, &c.

  8. VIII.Oath to be signed by Mayor, Justices or Recorder, &c. and delivered to Clerk of the Peace.

  9. IX.Where 50l. Freeholders take Oath as herein in Dublin, or Assizes, &c. such may be produced at Sessions, &c, and shall, be as good as if taken at Sessions.

  10. X.Freeholders on actual Service in Army or Militia, may register where they are quartered.

  11. XI.Freeh olds not to be registered, unless Instruments under which they arise be stamped

  12. XII.Certificate of Registry to be given to Freeholder, for which the Clerk of the Peace shall be paid 3d.

  13. XIII.Substance of Affidavit to be entered in Registry Book.

  14. XIV.Deed or Lease produced by Persons registering Freehold to be indorsed by Clerk of the Peace.

  15. XV.Registry not to be impeached for Irregularity in holding Sessions.

  16. XVI.Franchises of Persons already registered not to be affected.

  17. XVII.Penalty on Mayor, &c. for Neglect of Duty, 100l.

  18. XVIII.Clerk of the Peace shall make Entries of such Registers in alphabetical Books.

  19. XIX.Copies of Books to be printed.

  20. XX.Clerk of the Peace to furnish Copies of Entries in Registry Books, and to be paid at the Rate of 3d. for every 100 Names.

  21. XXI.Clerk of Peace neglecting to keep Books or to make Entries, &c. shall forfeit 100l. and be disqualified; for neglecting to attend at Sessions &c. 50l.

  22. XXII.Grand Juries may present for Expence of printing alphabetical Books, and providing Registry Books.

  23. XXIII.No Freeholder to vote unless registered.

  24. XXIV.None to vote by virtue of Freeholds granted fraudulently, or in consideration of Increase of Rent.

  25. XXV.None to vote under 21 Years old.

  26. XXVI.Grantfraudulently made as Freehold, to be valid against Grantee.

  27. XXVII.Penalty on Persons making Grants as Freehold, to induce Lessees to register them as Freeholds, having only a Term of Years therein.

  28. XXVIII.Conveyances made fraudulently to qualify Voters shall be deemed valid against the Persons who grant them.

  29. XXIX.No Trustee or Mortgagee to vote, unless in possession 12 Months before the Teste of Writ. Mortgagor may vote. Clergymen not obliged to register Ecclesiastical Freeholds. None precluded who have disposed of a Part, if they retain as much as sworn to.

  30. XXX.Town Clerk, or other proper Officer of City or Town, to keep Registry Book of Persons to whom Freedom shall be granted;

  31. XXXI.Officers of Corporations to admit Candidates, &c. at Times herein mentioned, to inspect Books on Payment of 2s. 6d. and give Copies on receiving 2s. 6d. for each Admission.

  32. XXXII.Freemen not to vote unless admitted to Freedom, or Freedom granted to them, Six Months before Teste of Writ.

  33. XXXIII.Sheriffs shall indorse on Writs for Elections the Time of receiving thereof, and make Proclamation and affix Notice on the Court House.

  34. XXXIV.Whenever more than 800 Freeholders are registered in any County of a City or County of a Town, additional Places of polling shall be provided, &c.

  35. XXXV.When Freemen shall exceed 1,000, Two Places of polling to be provided for them.

  36. XXXVI.Polls shall begin on the Day when demanded or the Day after, and continue daily, and conclude at 3 o'clock on the 15th Day (Sundays, Christmas-day, and Good Friday excepted).

  37. XXXVII.Returning Officer to take the following Oath.

  38. XXXVIII.Oath of Clerk for taking Poll of Freeholders.

  39. XXXIX.Oath of Clerk biking Poll of Freemen.

  40. XL.Sheriff shall attend at a Booth separate from polling Booths, to decide disputed Questions.

  41. XLI.Deputy Sheriffs to appoint in each Place of polling one Person to be Inspector and Agent, and another to be Clerk for checking the Poll Clerk for each Candidate.

  42. XLII.Deputies may be removed, &c.

  43. XLIII.On Demand of Candidates, Returning Officers shall appoint Interpreters.

  44. XLIV.Clerk of the Peace shall appoint a Deputy to attend at Election with Registry Books and original Affidavits of Registry alphabetically arranged, &c.

  45. XLV.Deputy Town Clerk to attend Sheriffs with Books containing Entries of Grants of Admissions to Freedoms.

  46. XLVI.Town Clerk to provide Copy of Grand Panel or Roll of Freemen for each polling Place, for Freemen; and shall appoint Deputy to attend with it.

  47. XLVII.Oath of not having voted before and of being of Age, to be put, if required.

  48. XLVIII.Oath of not having received Reward for voting to be administered, if required.

  49. XLIX.Deputy to refer to Registry Book, and Certificate of Registry deemed conclusive Evidence, and in default thereof, the original Affidavit.

  50. L.When Entry of Freehold appears in Registry, vote to be taken unless Oaths required or Objections made.

  51. LI.Questions to be put to Voters and to Freeholders if required.

  52. LII.Questions to be put to Persons offering to vote as Freemen, if required.

  53. LIII.Where Vote is objected to a Memorandum of the Objection shall be made by the Poll Clerk for the Returning Officer to decide.

  54. LIV.Circumstances under which Returning Officers reject Vote of Person claiming to be Freeholder.

  55. LV.Circumstances under which Votes tendered by Persons claiming to be Freemen, may be rejected.

  56. LVI.Improper Votes to be taken off the Poll by the Returning Officer on Complaint of Candidate before the final closing of the Poll.

  57. LVII.Returning Officer only to examine Voters objected to.

  58. LVIII.And be it further enacted, That it shall not be...

  59. LIX.Returning Officer may commit Persons obstructing the Poll.

  60. LX.Deputies shall not reject Votes or examine Voters except as before provided.

  61. LXI.Instructions to be observed by Deputies.

  62. LXII.Deputy to close and give up his Poll Book each Day to Officer, who shall sum up the Number. 50l. Penalty on Deputy refusing to deliver Poll Book, or polling after directed to stop, or before directed to begin, and Votes not allowed.

  63. LXIII.Deputy Sheriffs and Officers neglecting their Duty at Election, shall lose their Compensation.

  64. LXIV.Appointing the Hours for commencing and ending the Poll each Day.

  65. LXV.After the 4th Day Returning Officer may close any Booth when 20 have not polled in the Day.

  66. LXVI.Returning Officer may summon Constables, Bailiffs, &c. to attend Elections.

  67. LXVII.In case of Death or Illness of Returning Officer, the first sworn Deputy shall perform the Duty.

  68. LXVIII.No more to be returned than required by the Writ. Officer to have casting Voice.

  69. LXIX.Returning Officer or Deputy causing unnecessary Delay to forfeit 500l.

  70. LXX.Rioting not to be an Excuse for closing the Poll.

  71. LXXI.Return Writ to contain Certificate of Numbers who voted for respective Candidates.

  72. LXXII.When Writs of Election are to be returned.

  73. LXXIII.No Fee or Reward to Returning Officer; Contracts for making a Return shall be void.

  74. LXXIV.Election of Persons under 21 Years shall be void, and new Writs issued.

  75. LXXV.Punishment of Officers returning corruptly or partially.

  76. LXXVI.Poll Books to be delivered to the Clerk of the Peace to be kept among the Records of the County.

  77. LXXVII.Account of Sums received by Sheriffs for Expences of Election to be returned with the Poll Books to Clerk of the Peace.

  78. LXXVIII.Clerk of the Peace to take an Oath for the Performance of his Duty.

  79. LXXIX.Entertainments, Presents, Cockades, Promises, &c. disallowed.

  80. LXXX.Persons having Freeholds under 20l. Value to vote though not residing thereon.

  81. LXXXI.Persons who ask or receive any Reward for themselves or others, or who influence others for Reward, &c. forfeit 500l.

  82. LXXXII.Persons polling Twice, or personating Voters, may be punished by Two Years Imprisonment.

  83. LXXXIII.Penalty on fraudulent Voters, 20l.

  84. LXXXIV.And be it further enacted, That if any Person shall...

  85. LXXXV.Perjury.

  86. LXXXVI.Mode of recovering Penalties.

  87. LXXXVII.Treble Costs if nonsuited.

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