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THE CITY CHARTER.

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SECTION 1. The inhabitants of the city of Corporate Boston, for all the purposes for which towns and 1821, c. 110, cities are by law incorporated in this commonwealth, shall continue to be one body politic, in fact and in name, under the style and denomination of the city of Boston; and, as such, shall have, exercise, and enjoy all the rights, immunities, powers and privileges, and shall be subject to all the duties and obligations now incumbent upon and appertaining to said city, as a municipal corporation.

SECT. 2. The administration of all the fiscal, City Govprudential, and municipal concerns of said city, Ibid. with the conduct and government thereof, shall be vested in one principal officer, to be styled the mayor, one council of twelve persons, to be called the board of aldermen, and one council of fortyeight persons, to be called the common council, which boards, in their joint capacity, shall be denominated the city council, and also in such other boards of officers as are hereinafter specified.

SECT. 3. It shall be the duty of the city Division council, and they are empowered during the year wards. 1860, and whenever thereafterwards they may

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By the annexation of Roxbury, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Brighton and Charlestown, this number has been increased to seventy-four. Sts. 1867, c. 359, $ 7; 1869, c. 349, § 7; 1873, c. 303, § 7; 1873, c. 286, § 7; 1873, c. 314, § 7.

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1821, c. 110, deem it expedient, not oftener than once in ten 1850, c. 167, years, to cause a new division of the city to be

made into twelve wards, in such manner as to inAmended clude an equal number of voters in each ward, as

nearly as conveniently may be, consistently with well-defined limits to each ward; and, until such division be made, the boundary lines of the wards shall remain as now established.'

SECT. 4. The annual meeting of citizens, for meeting for the election of municipal officers hereinafter menof city of- tioned, shall be held on the second Monday of 1851, c. 167. December, and the citizens of said city qualified

to vote in city affairs shall for the purpose of such election then meet together within the wards in which they respectively reside, at such hour and place as the board of aldermen may by their warrant direct and appoint; and the person receiving the highest number of votes for any office shall be deemed and declared to be elected to such office; and, whenever two or more persons are to be elected to the same office, the several persons, to the number required to be chosen, having the highest number of votes, shall be declared elected.

1854, c. 39. 1824, 0. 49.

"By the annexation of Roxbury, the number of wards was increased to fifteen. And by the annexation of Dorchester, the number was again increased to sixteen. And by the annexation of Brighton, Charlestown and West Roxbury, the number was again increased to twenty-one. Brookline (which would have been called Ward 18) was not annexed, her citizens having decided the question of annexation in the negative. Sts. 1867, c. 350, $ 7; 1869, c. 349, $ 5; 1873, c. 303, $ 5; 1873, c. 286, 5; 1873, c. 314, $ 5.

? In accordance with the provisions of chap. 140 of the statutes of 1872, accepted by the city council June 7, 1872, the municipal election now occurs on the Tuesday after the second Monday.

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Certificates of election to be fur

1867, c. 240.

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1824. c. 49, 82.

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Sect. 5. Every person so chosen in any

ward shall, within forty-eight hours of his clection, be furnished by the clerk with a certificate thereof, nished. signed by the warden, clerk, and a majority of the inspectors, which certificate shall be presumptive evidence of the title of such person to the office therein mentioned.

SECT. 6. The municipal officers to be chosen Commencoat the annual election shall enter upon

the duties nicipalyear. of their respective offices on the first Monday of January

SECT. 7. The qualified voters of said city shall, Election of at the annual meeting, choose by ballot one war- cers. den and one clerk and five inspectors of elections for each ward, who shall be resident in said ward, and who shall hold their offices for one year and until others shall be chosen and qualified in their stead.

SECT. 8. The ward officers mentioned in the Ward offpreceding section shall respectively make oath faithfully and impartially to discharge their several duties, which oath may be administered by the clerk of such ward to the warden, and by the latter to the clerk and inspectors, or to all of said officers by any justice of the peace for the county of Suffolk; and a certificate thereof shall be entered in the record, to be kept by the clerk of the ward.

SECT. 9. In case of the non-election of any Non-elecward officer at the annual meeting, adjournments officers. may be had for the purpose of effecting such

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Power and duty of war. den.

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vided with regard to the election of members of
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SECT. 10. In case of the absence of

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ward officer at any ward meeting, such officer may be 1821

, c. 110, chosen pro tempore, by hand vote, and shall have 1845 c. 217, all the powers, and be subject to all the duties of

the regular officer at such meeting.

SECT. 11. It shall be the duty of the warden to preside at all ward meetings, with the powers of moderators of town meetings. In case of his absence, the clerk, and, in case of the absence of the clerk, any inspector, shall preside, according to seniority, until a warden shall be chosen, as provided in the preceding section.

SECT. 12. It shall be the duty of the clerk to 1821, 0. 110, make a fair and true record, and to keep an exact

journal of all the acts and votes of citizens at the ward meetings, and to deliver over such records and journals, together with other documents and papers held by him in his said capacity, to his successor in office.

SECT. 13. It shall be the duty of the warden Inspectors. and inspectors of each ward to receive, sort, and

count, and of the warden to declare, all votcs at any

election within such ward.

SECT. 14. It shall be the duty of all ward officers at ali cers, authorized to preside and act at elections of elections. , city officers, to attend and perform their respec

tive duties at the times and places appointed for elections of any officers, whether of the United

Duties of ward clerk.

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1821, c. 110, $3.

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1845, c. 217,

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