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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 Gorprudential, 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

into twelve

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Chap. 243 of the acts of 1875, increased this number to seventy-two.

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1865, c. 7.

Annual meeting for

of city offi. cers.

1854, c. 39.

1821, e. 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.1

SECT. 4. The annual meeting of citizens, for the election the election of municipal officers hereinafter men

tioned, shall be held on the second Monday of 1851, c. 167. December, and the citizens of said city qualified 1824, c. 49. 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 re-
ceiving 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 de-
clared elected.
Sect. 5. Every person so chosen in any

ward to be fur- shall, within forty-eight hours of his election, be

furnished by the clerk with a certificate thereof,

Certificates of election

nished.

Modified by chap. 243 of the acts of 1875, which fixed the number of wards at twenty-four.

? 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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1824, c. 49,

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signed by the warden, clerk, and a majority of 1867, e. 240. 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 Commenceat the annual election shall enter upon the duties nicipal year. of their respective offices on the first Monday of $2. 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 offipreceding 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 oficers. may be had for the purpose of effecting such election, in the same manner as is hereinafter provided with regard to the election of members of the common council.

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1821, c. 110,
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Absence of ward offi.

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Power and duty of warden.

Duties of ward clerk.

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SECT. 10. In case of the absence of

any

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, c. 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 votes at any election within such ward.

SECT. 14. It shall be the duty of all ward offi

cers, authorized to preside and act at elections of 1845, c. 217, 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 States, state, city, or wards, and to make and sign the regular returns of the same.

Duties of warden and

1821, c. 110, $ 3.

Duties of ward offi

cers at all

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