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ELECTORATES, ELECTORS AND ELECTIONS. CHAP. 67.

(from the 'Revised Statutes of British Columbia, 1897)
The full title of Chap. 67 being: An Act to Consolidate and Amend the Law Respecting the Distribution of British Columbia into Electoral Districts; The Qualifications and Regulations of Electors; The Regulation of Elections of Members of the Provincial Legislative Assembly, and the Trial of Controverted Elections.

Electors-Qualification.

7. Every male of the full age of twenty-one years, not being disqualified by this Act or by any other law in force in this Province, being entitled within this Province to the privileges of a natural-born British subject, having resided in this Province for twelve months [1], and in the Electoral District in which be claims to vote for two months [2] of that period immediately previous to sending in his claim to vote as hereinafter mentioned, and being duly registered as an elector under the provisions of this Act, shall be entitled to vote at any election: Provided that no person shall be entitled to be registered or to vote as aforesaid who shall have been convicted of any treason, felony, or other infamous offence, unless he shall have received a free or conditional pardon for such offence, or have undergone the sentence passed upon him for such offence.
C.A. 1888, c.38, s.2.
Who may vote at elections for Legislative Assembly.
Amendments to section 7 published in 1899:
[1] delete twelve; enter six.       [2] delete two; enter one.
Also add subsection (2): No Judge of the Supreme or County Court, no Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff, no employé of the Provincial Government who is in recept of salary of at least three hundred dollars per annum, no sailor, marine or soldier on full pay in the Imperial Service, and no no Officer in the Imperial Service on full pay, shall be entitled to have his name placed upon the Register of Voters for any Electoral Riding. This sub-section shall not apply to Ministers of the Crown, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Legislative Assembly, or school teachers.
8. No Chinaman, Japanese, or Indian shall have his name placed on the Register of Voters for any Electoral District, or be entitled to vote at any election. Any Collector of Voters who shall insert the name of any Chinaman, Japanese, or Indian in any such register, shall, upon summary conviction thereof before any Justice of the Peace, be liable to a penalty not exceeding fifty dollars.
C.A.1895, c.20, s.2.
No Chinese, Japanese, or Indian to vote.
Penalty for entering on register.
9. Where it is found by the report of the Judge upon an election petition under this Act that bribery or personation has been committed, by or with the knowledge and consent of any candidate at an election, such candidate shall be incapable during the seven years next after the date of such finding of bribery or personation having been committed by him, or with his knowledge and consent, of being registered as an elector and voting at any election in British Columbia. C.A. 1888, c.38, s.4. Punishment of candidate guilty of bribery.
10. Any person, other than a candidate, found guilty of bribery, or personation in any proceeding in which, after notice of the charge, he has had an opportunity of being heard, shall, during the seven years next after the time at which he is so found guilty, be incapable of being elected to and sitting in the Legislative Assembly, and also be incapable of being registered m an elector and voting at any election in British Columbia.
C.A. 1888, c.38, s.5.
Disqualification for bribery.

Electors

94. Any person whose name shall be on the register of voters for any Electoral District, or Polling Division thereof, may vote at any election for a member to serve in the Legislative Assembly for such district in any one (but no other) Polling Division of such Electoral District; and at any election no person shall be entitled to vote in more than one Electoral District; and any person contravening any of the provisions of this section shall be liable, on summary conviction before a Justice of the Peace, to a penalty not exceeding fifty dollars.
C.A. 1888, c.39, s.68.
Electors may vote in one but no other Polling Division, and must not vote in two Electoral Districts.
95. If any elector shall vote at more than one polling place in any one Electoral District, he shall, on summary conviction before a Justice of the Peace, be liable to a penalty of fifty dollars, and all the votes given by him shall be null and void. C.A. 1888, c.39, s.69. Penalty for voting in more than one polling place.
96. At any election for an Electoral District, a person shall not be entitled to vote unless his name is on the register of voters for the time being in force for such district, and every person whose name is on such register shall be entitled to demand and receive a ballot paper and to vote: Provided that nothing in this section shall entitle any person to vote who is prohibited from voting by any statute, or by reason of any disability, or relieve such person from any penalties to which he may be liable for voting.
C.A.1888, c.39, s.70.
Who may vote.
97. Any person whose name is on the register of voters of two or more Electoral Districts, who shall permit his name to remain on more than one register, shall have no right to vote at any election; and if such person shall vote while his name remains on the register of more than one Electoral District, he shall, on summary conviction before a Justice of the Peace, be liable to a penalty of fifty dollars.
C.A. 1888, c.39, s.71.
Any person whose name is on the two registers shall not vote.
Penalty for voting while his name is on two registers.
98. No Judge of the Supreme Court or of the County Courts, no Stipendiary Magistrate, no Constable or Police Officer, Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff, or Returning Officer, except in cases to be hereafter provided, shall be entitled to vote at any election of a member of the Legislature. C.A.1888, c.39, s.72. Who shall not vote at elections.
Amendments to section 98 published in 1899:
Section 98 was repealed and the following substituted thereof:
98. The Returning Officer in any Riding or Electoral District shall not vote except in the case of a tie, as hereafter provided.
99. No Collector for an Electoral District shall be entitled to vote at any election of a member or members of the Legislature in the Electoral District for which he is so respectively appointed as aforesaid ; and any vote given by any such person shall be null, and any such person voting shall, on summary conviction before a Justice of the Peace, be liable to a penalty of fifty dollars.
C.A. 1888, c.39,s.73
No Collector of Voters entitled to vote in his District.
Penalty.
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