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Sect. 15. The qualified voters of said city Election of shall, at the annual meeting, be called upon to give 1821, c. 110, in their votes for one able and discreet person, being an inhabitant of the city, to be mayor of See G. s. said city for the term of one year.

All the ballots so given in, in each ward, being sorted, counted, and declared, shall be recorded at large by the clerk in open ward meeting; and, in making such declaration and record, the whole number of votes or ballots given in shall be distinctly stated, together with the name of every person voted for and the number of votes given for each person respectively, such numbers to be expressed in words at length; and a transcript of such record, certified and authenticated by the warden, clerk, and a majority of the inspectors of elections for each ward, shall forthwith be transmitted or delivered by such ward clerk to the clerk of the city. It shall be the duty of the city clerk forthwith to enter such returns, or a plain intelligible abstract of them, as they are successively received, upon the journal of the proceedings of the board of aldermen, or some other book to be kept for that purpose.

SECT. 16. The board of aldermen shall, as Board of soon as conveniently may be, within three days of examine resuch election, meet together and examine all the said returns, and they shall cause the person who mayor. may have been elected mayor to be notified in writing of his election; but, if it shall appear by said returns that no person has been elected, or if

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1821, c. 110. the person elected shall refuse to accept the office,
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election, and the same proceedings shall be had as
are provided in the preceding section for the
choice of a mayor, and repeated from time to time
until a mayor shall be chosen.

SECT. 17. Whenever, on examination by the
board of aldermen of the returns of votes given

for mayor at the meetings of the wards, holden commence for the purpose of electing that officer, last premunicipal ceding the first Monday of January in each year, 1830, c.7,$1. no person shall appear to be chosen, the board of

aldermen, by whom such examination is made,
shall make a record of that fact, an attested copy
of which record it shall be the duty of the city
clerk to produce and read, on the first Monday of
January, in the presence of the members returned
to serve as aldermen and common councilmen;
and the oaths prescribed by law may be adminis-
tered to the members elect. The members of the
board of aldermen shall thereupon proceed to
elect a chairman; and the common council a
president, in their respective chambers; and being
respectively organized, they shall proceed to busi-
ness in the manner hereinafter provided, in case
of the absence of the mayor; and the board of
aldermen shall forthwith issue their warrants for
meetings of the citizens of the respective wards,
for the choice of a mayor, at such time and place
as they shall judge most convenient; and the
same proceedings shall be had in all respects as are

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hereinbefore directed, and shall be repeated from time to time, until a mayor shall be duly chosen.

SECT. 18. Whenever it shall appear, by the proceedings regular returns of the elections of city officers, mayor is that a mayor has not been chosen, or that a full full board of board of aldermen has not been elected, such of aldermenis the board of aldermen, whether they constitute 1845, c. 217, a quorum or not, as may have been chosen, shall issue their warrant, in the usual form, for the election of a mayor, or such members of the board of aldermen as may be necessary; and the same proceedings shall be had and repeated, until the election of a mayor and aldermen shall be completed, and all vacancies shall be filled in the said board; and, in case neither a mayor nor any alderman shall be elected at the usual time for electing the same, and after the powers of the former mayor and aldermen shall have ceased, it shall be the duty of the president of the common council to issue his warrant, in the same manner as the board of aldermen would have done if elected, and the same proceedings shall be had and repeated, until a mayor or one or more aldermen shall be elected.

SECT. 19. The qualified voters of said city Election of shall, at the annual meeting, be called upon to give in their votes for twelve persons being inhabitants of said city, to constitute the board of aldermen for the ensuing year, and all the votes so given, being sorted, counted, and declared by the warden and inspectors, shall be recorded at large

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1821, c. 110, by the clerk, in open ward meeting; and in mak

ing such declaration and record, the whole number of votes or ballots given in shall be particularly stated, together with the name of every person voted for, and the number of votes given for each person; and a transcript of such record, certified by the warden and clerk and a majority of the inspectors of each ward, shall forth with be transmitted to the city clerk, whereupon the same proceedings shall be had to ascertain and determine the persons chosen as aldermen, as are hereinbefore directed in regard to the choice of mayor, and for a new election in case of the

, whole number required not being chosen at the first election. And each alderman so chosen shall be duly notified in writing, of his election, by the mayor or aldermen for the time being.

SECT. 20. The qualified voters of each ward councilmen. shall, at the annual election, be called upon to give 1821, c. 110, in their votes for four able and discreet men, being

inhabitants of the ward, to be members of the common council for the ensuing year; and all the ballots so given in, in each ward, being sorted, counted and declared, a public declaration of the result shall be made by the warden in open ward meeting; and a record of such proceeding shall be kept by the clerk in his journal, stating particularly the whole number of ballots given in, the number necessary to make a choice, the number

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SECT. 21. In case four persons are not chosen Proceedings at the first balloting in any ward, the meeting of is no choice such ward shall be adjourned by the presiding officer, for the purpose of filling such vacancies, to a period not less than twenty-four nor more than seventy-two hours distant from the hour when the polls were opened at the first balloting, the time of adjournment within such limits to be determined by the warden, with the consent of a majority of the inspectors who may be present when such adjournment is had; and such notice shall City doc. 12, be given of the time of such adjournment, and the time the polls will be kept open, as the warden may direct; and at such adjourned meeting a balloting shall be opened for a number of common councilmen sufficient to complete the number of four,' which shall be conducted, and its results be declared and recorded, in the same manner as before prescribed for the first balloting.

SECT. 22. In case there shall still be vacancies Same subin the number of common councilmen in any ward, adjournments of the meetings of the citizens thereof, for the purpose of filling the same, shall continue to be had in the same manner, to periods not less than twenty-four nor more than seventy-two hours distant from each other, at all of which the balloting shall be conducted, and

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Altered to three by chap. 243 of the acts of 1875.

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