“Hear Ye, Hear Ye! As the returning officer appointed by the crown, I officially announce the holding of elections. I stand before you on this podium to ask if there is anyone who wishes to apply.

Three people come forward before the podium.

Very well, as we now have before us three candidates with the necessary financial means, I declare the election open. Any person being a British subject, and who is property owner or has goods or an income of at least 40 shillings per year, and who has reached the age of majority, that is 21 years of age or older, has the right to vote. Women meeting these criteria may also vote.

The representative will be elected by a majority of votes cast by individuals qualified to vote.

Elections will be held in the house of Sir Arthur Garceau, notary by profession. Please report in person to vote.

Voting is open ballot; that is, you must say out loud which candidate you are voting for. This polling station is the only one in the constituency.

Elections will be held between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If one hour passes without anyone coming to vote, we will adjourn the elections until tomorrow. Tomorrow, once again, if no one comes for an hour, the elections will be closed.

We will not tolerate any acts of intimidation or brutality. Many voters are coming from afar in the constituency to vote, so remember that preventing opponents from coming to vote is prohibited.”

Author: Léon Robichaud

 

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