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Parliamentary Elections (Ireland) Act 1823

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XXXVIPolls 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).

And be it enacted, That every Poll which shall be demanded at any Election of a Member or Members to serve in Parliament for any County of a City or County of a Town in Ireland, shall commence on the Day upon which the same shall be demanded, or upon the next Day after at farthest (unless such Day shall happen to be a Sunday, Christmas Day, or Good Friday, and in such Case on the Day next after), and shall be duly and regularly proceeded in from Day to Day, for so many Hours of each polling Day as the Returning Officer or Officers is or are by this Act directed to keep the Poll open (Sundays, Christmas Day, and Good Friday always and only excepted), until the same be finished, but so that no Poll for the Election of a Member or Members to serve in Parliament for any County of a City or County of a Town in Ireland shall continue more than Fifteen Days at the most (Sundays, Christmas Day, and Good Friday always excepted); and if such Poll shall continue until the Fifteenth Day, then the same shall be finally closed at or before the Hour of Three O'Clock in the Afternoon of the same Day; and the Returning Officer or Officers at every such Election shall, immediately after the final Close of the Poll, truly, fairly, and publicly declare the Name or Names of the Person or Persons who hath or have the Majority of Votes on such Poll, and shall forthwith make a Return of such Person or Persons.

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