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SIT JIHMSMJIEY (DAILIEP(DEJIIAEJ ST. JOHNSBURY, VERMONT, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 1919. X Public Acts of the General Assembly of Vermont, 191 c General Index : Absent Defendant Absent Voting: Aet , Abstracts, defective or Invnlld , Accounting: Officers, state, duties , Anarchy, net to prevent A Pi) roprlat Ions Act to pay certain lowni Agricultural Kxtenslon Service Albnny Board of llenlnl Kxnmlnera Governors' Conference Grand Army of the Republic Legislature of Mill Middlesex and Moretown road Promoting rural snnltntlon Royalton Soldiers' Monument Searsburjr Sprinkler System State Prison, alterations, repairs . . . . University of Vermont, medical Weston ' Arrest, parties exempted from , Arson, penalty Assault, penalty , Assistant Judices, compensation Auditor of Accounts Conveyance of Waterbury I-nnds Claims, payment Returns to Town Auditors Automobiles Motor Trucks Number I'lntest Chauffeurs Licenses, N Operation of Zone Registration , B . 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N o, . .No. 178. .No. .No. .No. .No. .No. .No. .No. No. 181, No. . No. .No. . No. ,'No. I!5 !I0 :ib ::s 26 9 JS :to ::a ::o 28 :s:t 15 40 l 12 14 lit loo :i7 it 73 31 07 08 1 14 :io 1 14 15 74 4(1 179 234 11 2X1 57 92 08 05 238 162 230 10O 150 156 233 NO. 1 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 102 AND 104 OF THE GENERAL LAWS, RELATING TO THE OATH ON PRIMARY PETI TIONS. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section I. Section 102 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec 102. Any number of voters may sign the same petition. In case more than one signature is appended to a petition, its form ihall be varied accord ingly, and it shall be sufficient to state in the petition that the residence and occupation of each signer are as stated opposite his name, and that each signer believes that the candidate in whose he half the petition is tiled, is especially qualified to fill the particular office. Sec. 2. Section 104 of the Generat Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 104. The signature of a voter upon such petition shall be conclusive evidence thai he is a member of the party stated therein, but a voter shall not sign conflicting party petitions; nor sluill he sign more than one primary petition for the same office, unless more than one nomination is to he made, in which case he may sign as many pri mary petitions as there arc nominations to be made for the same office. Approved March 26, 1919. , NO. 2 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION no OF THE GENERAL LAWS, RE LATING TO DIRECT PRIMARIES AND PROVIDING THAT NAMES OF CANDIDATES BE AR RANGED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER It is herrhy enacted by the General Assembly of the Stale of Vermont: Section 1. Section no of the Gen eral Laws is hereljy amended so as to read as follows : Sec. no. Such ballots shall be pre pared by said officials at least ten days before a primary is to lie held, and shall be printed on white paper and he as nearly as is practicable in the same form as ballots for general elections. Relow the name of each office shall he printed in easily legible words "Vote for one," "Vote for two," "Vote for three," or a spelled number designating how manv persons are to be voted for. Names of rival candidates for nomination shall be arranged in the alphabetical order of their surnames. Following the names printed on the ballot, after the name of each office to be filled, shall be as many blank lines as there are persons to be elected to that office. 1 lie names of all candidates for the same office shall be printed upon one ballot, with the names arranged in party columns similar to the ballot used at general elections. Each party column shall be headed by the name of the party in plain type. Approved March 17, 1919. nomination, or as many of them as are required to sign nomination papers, to make the required number of signers, in the manner provided for making such nomination; or, if the nomination was made by convention or caucus, in such manner as the convention or caucus has previously provided; or, if such pro vision is not made, then by the regularly elected general or executive committee representing the political party holding such convention or caucus. ' Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage. Approved February 27, 1919. NO 3 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION t OF THE GENERAL LAWS, RE LATING TO FILLING VACAN CIES IN NOMINATIONS. MADE BY CONVENTION, CAUCUS OR CERTIFICATE. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section 1. Section 152 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 152. A person whose name has been presented as a candidate under this chapter may cause it to be with drawn by notice in writing to the officer with whom the original certificate was filed, at least eighteen days before the day of election., that he declines such nomination, except that a candidate to be voted for in one town only may cause his name to be withdrawn by a notice in writing at least twelve days before the day of election, and a name so withdrawn shall not be printed upon a ballot. If a candidate duly nominated withdraws as herein provided, or dies before the day of election, the vacancy may be filled by the political party or othef persons who made the original NO. 4 , AN ACT TO AMEND CERTAIN SECTIONS OF THE GENERAL LAWS. RELATING TO ELEC TIONS: CHANGING THE DATES ON WHICH CERTAIN ACTS SHALL BE DONE. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly 01 the State of Vermont: Section 1. Section 105 of the Gen eral Laws is herehy amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 105. In case a voter has signed two or more conflicting primary peti tions, the signature of said voter shall not be counted on cither petition in computing the signers thereon. The officer with whom primary petitions are filed shall forthwith, on their receipt, proceed to examine the same and ascer tain whether they conform to the pro visions of this chapter. If found not to conform thereto, he shall in writing on such petition state the reason why such petition cannot be accepted, and, with in twenty-four hours, return the same to the candidate in whose behalf it was filed. In such case, supplementary peti tions may be filed, but not later than twenty-five days before a primary. Sec. 2. Section 107 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. t07. Primary petitions to be filed with the secretary of state or county clerk shall be tiled not less than thirty , tlays before the date of the primary, except as provided 111 the second pre ceding section. Primary petitions to be tiled with town clerks shall be filed not less than fourteen days heforc the pri mary. Sec. 3. Section 123 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 12.V A withdrawal of a pri mary election nominee for a state or congressional office shall be hied with the secretary of state at least thirty days before the election for which the nominee was named as a candidate, and the vacancy shall be filled at least twenty-five days before such election; a withdrawal or resignation of a nomi nee for county office shall be filed with the county clerk of that county at least twenty days before the election and the vacancy shall be filled at least fifteen days before such election; and a with drawal of a, nominee for representative to the general assembly shall be filed with the town clerk at least twelve days before the election and the vacancy shall be filled at least nine days be fore such election. The name of a can didate substituted under the foregoing provisions shall not appear on the offi cial ballot utiles- such provisions are complied with; but in case of the death of a primary election nominee, the vacancy may be filled as provided in the preceding section, if done not less than fifteen days before the election for a state, congressional or county office, and not less than seven days for representa tive to the general assembly. Sec. 4. Section 152 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 152. A person whose name has been presented as a candidate under this chapter may cause it to be withdrawn by notice in writing to the officer with whom the .original certificate was filed, at least twenty-eight days before the day of election, that he declines such nomination, except that a candidate to be voted for in one town only may cause his name to be withdrawn by a notice in writing at least twelve days before the day of election, and a name so withdrawn shall not be printed upon a ballot , If a candidate duly nominated withdraws as herein provided, or dies before the day of election, the vacancy may be filled by the political party or other persons who made the original nomination, or as many of them as are required to sign nomination papers, to make the required number of signers, in the manner provided for making such nomination; or, if the nomination was made by convention or caucus, in such manner as the convention or caucus has previously provided; or, if such pro vision is not made, then by the regularly elected general or executive committee representing the political party holding such convention or caucus. Sec. j 5. Section 153 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 153. The certificate of nomina tion made for filling such vacancy shall state, in addition to the other facts re quired to be stated in certificates of nomination, the facts causing the vacancy, the name of the original nomi nee and the measures taken in accord ance with the requirements for filling the vacancy, and shall be signed and sworn to. If the original nomination was not made by convention or commit tee, then the same voters who made the original nomination may file a new cer tificate executed in like manner con taining the name of a candidate to fill the vacancy and containing, in addition to the other facts required, a statement of the facts causing the vacancy and the name of the original nominee. Said certificate of nomination shall be filed at least twenty-three days before the day of election if to fill a vacancy caused by withdrawal, and at least fifteen days before the day ot election 11 to till a vacancy caused by death of a candidate tor a state or congressional office. Sec. 6. Section 185 of the . General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 185. A person nominated for the same office by more than one political party, either by primary election, conven tion, caucus, by certificate of nomination or by certificate of nomination signed by persons not representing a political party, may, at least twenty-live days before election in the case of state, con gressional and county nominations, and at least ten days in case of town nomi nations, elect as to which party ticket or tickets his name shall be printed on as a candidate; and he shall notify the secretary of state or the county or town clerk, as the case may be, in writing of such choice, and his name shall be printed only on the party ticket or tickets which he so elects. Approved March 17, 1919. NO. 5 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 244 AND 24s OF THE GENERAL LAWS. RELATING TO THE RE TURNING OF VOTES FOR COUNTY OFFICERS. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont: Section 1. Section 244 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 244. A certificate of the votes for county officers other than those for senators, shall be made and delivered as prescribed in the constitution, a list of all persons voted for being included in such certificate, and the names and post office addresses of persons voted for shall be written on such list. The pre siding officer shall, at the same time, make a duplicate certificate, which, in a sealed package with the same super scription, he shall transmit by mail, within six days to the secretary of state at Montpclier. Sec. 2. Section 245 of the General Laws is -hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 245. The certificate of votes for officers referred to in the preceding sec tion shall be substantially in the follow ing form: STATE OF VERMONT Town of , ss At a general election legally warned and holden at in the county of , on the first Tjjesday next after the first Monday of November, A. D 10. . . the votes for assistant judges of the county court' judge of Iprobatc,. state's attorney, sheriff, high bailiff and justices of the peace, having been duly taken, sorted and counted, the following persons had the number of votes annexed to their names re spectively, for the several offices here in stated : (Here insert, under the name of each office, the names and post- office addresses of the persons voted for and the number of votes given for each person.) Attest : A. B. Presiding Officer Approved March 26, 1919. . NO. 6 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 273 OF THE GENERAL LAWS, RE LATING TO CANVASSING VOTES FOR REPRESENTATIVES TO CONGRESS. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont: Section 1. Section 273 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 273. Such county clerks or, in case of the absence or disability of a clerk, the sheriff of the county, shall meet to canvass such votes on the first Tuesday succeeding such election, at the following places in their respective dis tricts: in district number one, at the office of the county clerk in Addison county; and in district number two, at the town clerk's office of Hartford in White River Junction. Approved February 18, 1919. NO. 7 AN ACT TO PROVIDE A METHOD OF VOTING AT ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL OK PRIMARY EL El TION RY LEGAL VOTERS OF THE STATE WHO ARE IN ACTUAL MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OR OF THIS STATE AND IN THE EMPLOY OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERN MENT, STUDENTS WHILE IN ATTENDANCE AT AN INSTITU TION OF LEARNING. COMMER CIAL TRAVELERS. AND ALL OTHER LEGAL VOTERS OF THE STATE OF VERMONT WHO ARE NECESSARILY ABSENT FROM THEIR LEGAL RESI DENCE UPON THE DAY OF A GENERAL. SPECIAL OR PRI MARY ELECTION. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section 1. For the purposes of this act the term "absent voter" shall be taken to mean legal voters of the state in actual military or naval service of the United States or of this state, and in the employ of the United States gov ernment, students while in attendance at an institution of learning, commer cial travelers, and all other lcgaltvoters of the State of Vermont who are' neces sarily absent from their legal residence upon the day of a general, special or primary election. The term "commercial traveler" shall mean a person engaged in soliciting the sale of goods, by the exhibition of samples, by catalogue or other device, for the purpose of effect ing sales and taking orders for goods to be subsequently shipped by his em ployer. The term "city" shall be deemed to include the wards or precincts there in, in which an absent voter is a legal voter. The tenn "election officials" shall include tl c officers in charge of general, special or primary elections, in the town, city, ward or precinct wherein an absent voter is a legal voter. Sec. 2. An absent voter, as defined in section one of this act, who would be entitled to vote at a general, special or primary election and who is absent from the town or city in which he is a legal voter on the day of holding such election, may vote at such election as hereinafter provided. 1 Sec. 3. Not later than forty days before such election, any of the voters expecting to be absent on the day of such election from the town or city in which his voting residence is situated, may make application to his town or city clerk, in person or by mail, for the official ballot or ballots to be voted at such election. Sec. 4. On the receipt of such aooli- cations it shall be the duty of said tow.1 or city clerk to make a list of such absent voters, such list to include the applicant's name and address, the date of the application, the address to which such ballots are to be sent, the date of mailing the ballot or ballots to such absent voter, the date of receiving the ballot or ballots from such absent voter and such other information as he may deem necessary or advisable. Sec. 5. Not later than thirty days before such election, said town or city clerk shall notify the secretary of state and the clerk of the county in which the applicant resides, of the nuniber of absent voters in his town or city who desires ballots, and requesting said sec retary of state and County clerk to pre pare special state and county ballots for said absent voters. When the time for filing nominations for candidates to be voted for at such election shall have expired, said secretary . of state at the expense of the state, and county clerks at the expense of the county, shall cause to be printed such special state and county ballots and shall, not later than ten days before such election, for ward to. said town or city clerk such special state and county ballots in a nuniber equal to the number of absent voters in each town or city so reported and an additional number for each town equal to one per cent of the absent voters reported from that town or city, as shown by the list of applica tions. Not later tlian ten days before such election each town or city clerk shall cause to be printed at the ex pense of the town or city, special town or city ballots in number equal to the number of absent voters in such town or city and an additional number equal to one per cent of the number as shown by the list of applications. Sec. 6. Such special state, county, town, or city ballots shall be similar in every respect to the official state, county, town or city ballots to he used at such election as authorized hy the laws of the state except (1) such special bal lots shall have printed upon the back and upon the face of such ballot, in easily legible type, the words "Absent Voter Ballot" and (2) such ballot shall have attached, hy perforation, on the right hand side of each ballot the fol lowing affidavit : State of County of I, do solemnly swear that I am a resident of the town, city of State of Vermont and am a legal voter in said town, city; and that I am necessarily absent from said town, city and am unable to vote in person; that this ballot was marked by me personally and enclosed in this envelope and sealed by me without being exhibited to any person. (Signature of absent voter) . Subscribed and sworn to before mc, this .... day ot nj (Signature of Official) (official title) Sec. 7. On receipt of such absent voter ballots it shall be the duty of said town or city clerk to forward by mail one of such absent voter ballots to each applicant as shown upon his list of ap plications by absent voters, at least eight days before such election. The town or city clerk shall send with all ballots to absent voters separate printed instructions containing the following: On receipt of these ballots you will proceed to mark the same in accord ance with the instructions printed there on, then fold the same so that the affidavits may be seen without unfold ing the ballots. MaRe out the affidavit printed -upon each ballot and acknowledge the same before a notary public or a commis sioned officer of the army or navy, place the ballots in an envelope addressed to the clerk of the town or city in which you are a legal voter, and write there on the words "Absent voter Ballot" of , place the necessary postage upon the envelope and deposit the same jn the postoffice or in some government receptacle for the deposit ot mail mat ter. Such ballots' in order to be voted. must reach the town or city clerk to whom they are directed in time to be deposited by him with the proper elec tion officials before the closing of the polls on election day. Sec. 8. Upon the receipt of such bal lots and instructions, the voter to whom the same are addressed shall comply with the instructions and remail the bal lots to the clerk of the town or city in which he is a legal voter in the manner prescribed. Sec. o. Upon the receipt of the envelope containing the marked ballots of an absent voter it shall be the duty of such town or city clerk to record the fact and to safely keep the envelope until election day and during the hours that the polls are open on election day deliver the same to the proper election officials in the town or city where such absent voter is a legal voter. Sec. 10. It shall be the duty of such election officials, upon receipt of such absent voters ballots, to open the envelope containing such ballots, to examine the check list and ascertain whether such absent voter is qualified to vote and that he has not already voted in person and to see that the affidavit accompanying each ballot is properly filled out and executed. When such election officials have satisfied them selves that such absent voter is legally qualified to vote, has not already voted in person and that the affidavits are properly filled out and executed, they or one of them shall, without unfolding the ballots or permitting their being opened or examined, detach the affidavits there from and shall. deposit the ballots in the proper ballot boxes, and shall mark upon the check list the fact that such voter has voted by means of an absent voter ballot. The affidavits detached from the several ballots shall he re turned to the town or city clerk and preserved by such clerk in the same manner as ballots are preserved under the laws of the state. Sec. 11. If, upon examination by the election officials it shall appear that the absent voter is not legally qualified to vote, or has voted in person, or that the affidavits on any ballot are insuffi cient, such ballot or ballots shall be marked "defective" and shall not he counted, and shall be returned to the town or city clerk to be disposed of Uy him in the manner now prescribed by law. Sec. 12. Nothing in the provisions of this act shall be construed so as to pro hibit an absent voter, who shall have returned to his place of residence, from voting in person at a general, special or primary election notwithstanding the fact that he may have made application for an absent voter's ballot and the same may have been forwarded to him. Sec. 13. A person violating a pro vision of this act or an official who fails, neglects or refuses to perform the duties required of him by this act shall be fined not more than fifty dollars nor less than ten dollars. Sec. 14. This act shall be construed in connection with and in addition to the provisions of Title m of the Gen eral Laws, and wherever the provisions of this act are inconsistent with the provisions in said Title in, this act shall be controlling so far as it relates to the method of voting of the class of voters included under the Drovisions of this act. ' Approved March 26, 1919. .NO. 8 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 304 OF THE GENERAL LAWS. RE LATING TO THE STATE FLAG. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section 1. Section 304 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 304. The flag of the state shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; the union shall be one large five pointed star, white, in blue field, with the coat of arms of the state therein. Approved March 26, 1919. NO. 9 AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE; THE SUM THEREIN NAMED ' FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING A SPRINKLER SYSTEM FOR THE STATE HOUSE. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont: Section 1. The sum of fifteen thou sand dollars, or so much thereof as is necessary is hereby appropriated for the purpose of installing a sprirfkler sys tem or such other suitable apparatus, equipment or method as in the judgment of the board of control will adequately protect the state house against loss or damage by fire and to make necessary repairs in connection therewith, the sama to be expended by the sergeant at arms with the approval of the board of con trol. Approved April 7, 1919. NO. 10 AN ACT RELATING TO INSUR ANCE ON STATE PROPERTY. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont: Section 1. All or part of the insur ance on property owned, used or con trolled by the state may be discontinued at such time as the board, of control may determine, or said board may rein sure such portions thereof as it deems advisable. Sec. 2. A sum equal to the amount paid by the state for insurance pre miums for the two fiscal years which ended on the thirtieth day of, Juno, nineteen hundred and eighteen, is here by appropriated to constitute an insur ance sinking fund to be used as herein after provided. Sec. 3. The board of control shall hereafter appraise state property and biennially recommend to the committee on budget the amount to be appropriated for said insurance sinking fund. Sec. 4. Whenever there is loss or damage to state property caused hy tiro the committee on budget is hereby authorized to appropriate from said in surance sinking fund such an amount as said committee, in its discretion, may determine. Sec. 5. The appropriation provided for from said insurance sinking fund in the preceding section shall he used in such manner as the board of control may direct to build or repair new or ad ditional buildings or parts of buildings. Sec. 6. The biennial report of the board of control shall include all items paid into or out of said insurance sink ing fund. Approved Aprfl 7, 1919. NO. 11 AN ACT RELATING TO THE EM PLOYMENT OF A CUSTODIAN OF THE COLLECTIONS OFTHE VERMONT HISTORICAL SO CIETY AND OTHER HISTORI CAL BOOKS OWNED BY THE STATE. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section 1. The president of the Ver mont Historical Society and the state librarian shall employ a custodian who shall have charge of the collection of the society and such historical books and documents of the state as shall be placed therewith for use. Said presi dent and librarian shall, subject to the approval of the board of control, fix the salary of the custodian but the amount of such salary to be paid by the state shall not exceed one thousand dollars a year. Sec. 2. Section 407 of the General Laws is hereby repealed. Sec. 3. This act shall take effect from its passage. Approved April 4, 1919. NO. 12 AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE LEASING OF LAND BY THE GOVERNOR FOR STATE PUR POSES. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section 1. Section 359 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 359, The governor may, in the name of the state, lease for a term o) years or otherwise, such land or land; as he deerfrs necessary for the protec- 1 :.