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Revised Code of the Public General Laws, 1879
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Elective Franchise.






1. Elections by ballot, qualifications of voters,

4 Punishment for illegal voting

residence, removals.

5 Registration

2 Disqualifications

6 Oath of office

3 Bribery, penalties

7 New election on refusal to take oath.

Elections by

SECTION 1. All elections shall be by ballot; and every white male citizen of


the United States, of the age of twenty-one years or upwards, who has been a

of voters

resident of the State for one year, and of the legislative district of Baltimore

18 Md 479
22 Md 171

city, or of the county in which he may offer to vote, for six months next pre-


ceding the election, shall be entitled to vote in the ward or election district in


which he resides, at all elections hereafter to bo hold in this State; and in case


any county or city shall be so divided us to form portions of different electoral dis-


tricts for the election of representatives in Congress, senators, delegates, or other


officers, then, to entitle a person to vote for such officer, he must have been a


resident of that part of the county or city which shall form a part of the elec-


toral district in which he offers to vote, for six months next preceding the elec-


tion; but a person who shall have Required a residence in such county or city,


entitling him to vote at any such election, shall be entitled to vote in the elec-


tion district from which he removed, until he shall have acquired a residence


in the part of the county or city to which he has removed.


SEC. 2. No person above the age of twenty-one years, convicted of larceny,


or other infamous crime, unless pardoned by the governor, shall ever there-

33 Md 143.

after be entitled to vote at any election in this State; and no person under


guardianship, as a lunatic, or, as a person non compos mentis, shall be entitled


to vote.


Sue 3. If any person shall give, or offer to give, directly or indirectly, any


bribe, present, or reward, or any promise, or any security for the payment or


the delivery of money, or any other thing, to induce any voter to refrain from


casting his vote, or to prevent him in any way from voting, or to procure a


vote for any candidate or person proposed or voted for as elector of president


and vice-president of the United States, or representative in Congress, or for


any office of profit or trust created by the Constitution or laws of this State, or


by the ordinances or authority of the mayor and city council of Baltimore,


the person giving, or offering to give, and the person receiving the same, and


any person who gives, or causes to be given an illegal vote, knowing it to be


such, at any election to be hereafter held in this State, shall, on conviction in


a court of law, in addition to the penalties now or hereafter to be imposed by


law, be forever disqualified to hold any office of profit or trust, or to vote at


any election thereafter.

Punishment for

SEC 4. It shall be the duty of the General Assembly to pass laws to punish,

illegal voting.
1853, c 133.

with fine and imprisonment, any person who shall remove into any election


district or precinct of any ward of the city of Baltimore, not for the purpose


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