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Parliamentary Elections (Ireland) Act 1823

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LXVIIINo more to be returned than required by the Writ. Officer to have casting Voice.

And be it further enacted, That no Returning Officer or Officers for any County of a City or County of a Town, shall, upon any Pretence whatsoever, return more than the Number of Persons they or he shall, by the Writ or Precept, be required to return ; and that, in case of an Equality of Voices for any Two or more Candidates, where Two Sheriffs or other Returning Officers shall preside, upon the Close of the Poll, the Sheriff or other Returning Officer,' whose Name shall stand first in the Appointment to the Office, shall' if he be present, give a casting Voice ; and if he be not present, the junior Sheriff or Returning Officer shall give such casting Voice, whether such Sheriffs or other Returning Officers shall be otherwise legally qualified to vote or not, or whether they shall have voted or not at Such Election ; and if any Returning Officer or Officers shall return more than the Number of Persons, who shall by the Writ or Precept be directed to be returned, such Returning Officer or Officers shall, forfeit the Sum of Two thousand Pounds to the Person who shall first sue for the same, to be recovered as herein-after directed; and such Returning Officer or Officers shall be rendered incapable of ever after voting at any Election for a Member or Members to serve in Parliament.

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