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"I am a citizen of the State of Louisiana. My name is
parish (or coun
in the year
I was born in the State (or country) of ty) of ... ......, on the ...... day of ... I am now ...... years ... months and ...... days of age. I have resided in this State since ......, in this parish since and in precinct No. ..., of Ward No. ..... of this not disfranchised by any provisions
parish since ......, and am
of the Constitution of this State."
This test is not intended as a mere formality, Bishop vs. Sherburne, 122 La. 429; Lorio vs. Sherburne, 122 La. 434.
2826. [Sec. 30.] If the applicant be not able to read and write, as provided by Section twenty-nine of this Act, then he shall be entitled to register if he shall at the time he offers to register, be a bona fide owner of property assessed to him in this State at a valuation of not less than three hundred dollars on the assessment rolls of the current year, in which he offers to register, or on the rolls of the preceding year, if the rolls of the current year shall not then have been completed and filed, and on which if said property be personal only, all taxes due shall have been paid. The applicant for registration under this Section shall make oath before the registration officer or his deputy or clerks that he is a citizen of the United States and of this State and over the age of twenty-one years; that he possesses the qualifications prescribed by Article 197, in Section 1 of the Constitution of this State for the year 1898 and that he is the owner of property assessed to him at a valuation of not less than three hundred dollars, and that if such property be personal only, that all taxes due thereon have been paid, which payment shall be made to appear by the production of tax receipts or duplicates thereof. "Grandfather Clause."
2827. [Sec. 31.] No male person who has availed himself of the provisions of Section 5 of Article 197 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana for the year 1898, and the Acts of the General Assembly of the State of Louisiana carrying same into effect shall be denied the right to register in this State by reason of his failure to possess the educational or property qualification prescribed in this Act, provided that he possess the qualifications prescribed in Section 1 of Article 197 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana for the year 1898. And provided further that all persons who shall have been duly registered under the provi
sions of Section 5 of Article 197 of the Constitution of 1898, and the laws of this State carrying same into effect shall be permitted to register hereafter at all subsequent registrations held under this Act, upon their personal application and statement under oath, that they are duly enrolled on the permanent register provided for in said section and upon the presentation of their certificate of registration issued at the time of registering under said section, or a duplicate if lost. The registration officer is further required to verify said statement before registering said applicant by comparison with said permanent roll or register, and if said voter is admitted to register, then the registration officer shall stamp on the reverse side of the permanent registration certificate the fact and date of such registration. In case of removal of any voter whose name shall have been placed on said permanent register to another parish, it shall be the duty of the registration officer or his deputy of the parish from which said voter removed, on the application of such voter, to furnish hin with a certificate seting forth his name, age and nationality and the fact that he was a registered voter of such parish and that he has been duly enrolled, giving the date thereof, on the permanent register. On the signing of such certificate it shall be the duty of such registration officer or his deputy to note on said permanent register the fact of the removal of such voter with the date of
On presenting the certificate herein provided for to the registration officer or his deputy of the parish to which he has removed after having resided therein the time prescribed by law, it shall be the duty of said officer to enroll said voter on a supplemental list to said permanent register to be designated for that purpose.
Cancellation of the Unqualified.
2828. [Sec. 32.] In all cases where, on trial of a person charged with any offense under the provisions of this Act, it appears in evidence the accused be registered without being qualified, as herein directed the court shall order such registration canceled.
Penalty for False Oath.
2829. [Sec. 33.] Any person who makes a false oath for the procuring of a certificate of registration naturalization, or declaration of intention of becoming a citizen, or aids as a witness or otherwise, in obtaining the same fraudulently shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not
less than one thousand dollars and imprisoned not less than one year and not more than five years.
Registrar May Administer Oath.
2830. [Sec. 34.] The respective Registrars of Voters shall each have the power to administer oaths to any person claiming the right to be registered or in regard to any matter or thing required to be done or inquired into by any of the said officers under this Act and any willful false swearing by any person in relation to any matter or thing concerning which he shall be interrogated by any of said officers, shall be punishable as perjury.
Registrar is not authorized to swear in the canvassers, State ex rel. Laughlin vs. Registrar, 129 La. 102.
Penalty for Altering Records.
2831. [Sec. 35.] If any person shall fraudulently alter, add to, deface or destroy any list of voters made out, as directed by this Act, or any book or registration, or tear down any poster or notice for any improper purpose, the person so offending shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined and imprisoned at the discretion of the court.
Registrar Shall Not Open Office in Unusual Place.
2832. [Sec. 36.] The Registrar of Voters shall not open his office, on any boat or water craft and during sixty days before the general election, shall not go to unusual places under the pretence of affording opportunity to voters to register, but shall remain at each appointed place during the full period named in his public notice and shall not attend places to register voters of which he has not given notice as required by this Act. Any Registrar violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court. Evidence of Naturalization.
2833. [Sec. 37.] Every person of foreign birth, claiming a right to be registered, shall in addition to the proof required by Sections 29, 30 and 31 of this Act, prove that he has been naturalized in conformity with the laws of the United States, and as evidence thereof, he shall produce if he has never previously registered a certificate of naturalization under the seal of the court in which said naturalization took place, duly attested by the clerk of said court, and shall prove by oath of two qualified electors
of the election precinct that he is the person named in said certificate and the person to whom it was issued, and having never previously registered, if he has lost said certificate, having been naturalized, he shall make oath to that fact and produce a certified copy of his certificate of naturalization, which shall be furnished him by the clerk of court, in this State, free of cost, any clerk refusing to issue such certified copy shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars and not more than one hundred dollars at the discretion of the Court.
Clerk of District Court must furnish without cost certificate of naturalization, Naturalization of Osthoff, 48 A. 1094.
Penalty for Registering on False Naturalization Papers.
2834. [Sec. 38.] If any person upon any false representation, or by the production of any forged, false or spurious naturalization certificate, not duly issued in accordance with law, shall cause his name to be placed or shall attempt to have his name placed upon any book of registration for election purposes, or upon any list of qualified electors, authorized or required to be made by any law of this State, or shall vote or attempt to vote at any election, without having been duly registered as provided for in this Act, shall upon conviction thereof, be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor and sentenced to pay a fine of not less than five hundred dollars and be imprisoned for not less than six months in the parish jail, or both at the discretion of the court. Registrar Must Furnish Supervisor Registration Rolls.
2835. [Sec. 39.] It shall be the duty of the Registrar of Voters for the Parish of Orleans and the Registrar of Voters for each parish throughout the State to deliver to the Board of Supervisors of Election for each parish, at least forty-eight hours before the time fixed for the opening of the polls therein; the original precinct registration or poll books for each precinct or polling place, securely wrapped, marked and certified to by the Registrar of Voters.
Clerk Must Furnish List of Convictions.
2836. [Sec. 40.] The clerk of the District Court of each parish of the State, and the clerk of the Criminal District Court of the City of New Orleans shall keep a book and record therein, immediately thereafter, a sentence or conviction and the name and residence of such person who shall be convicted of any of the
crimes punishable at hard labor or imprisonment in the penitentiary, and it shall be the duty of the Registrar of Voters to strike from the registration book the name of any person who shall have been convicted of any of the foregoing crimes.
Parish Must Provide Stationery for Registration.
2837. [Sec. 41.] The books for poll lists and stationery necessary to carry on the registration and the necessary expenses for office rent incurred by the Registrar of Voters on account of registration shall be paid by the parish in which the registration is carried on, provided that before the same can be collected, the Registrar of Voters shall furnish the president of the Police Jury, or in the City of New Orleans, the Mayor of the city, a sworn statement of the expenses necessarily incurred.
Registrar Must Furnish Secretary of State Number of Voters.
2838. [Sec. 42.] It shall be the duty of the Registrar of Voters of each parish, at least ten days before the general election, to forward to the Secretary of State an accurate report of the number of voters in their respective parishes, the number of native and foreign born and the number of white and colored voters, respectively, who write their names and the number who make their mark. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to furnish the Legislature a tabulated statement of said report, when called on so to do.
2839. [Sec. 1, Act 213, 1912, p. 447.] Whenever, under the provisions of this act, the reference is made to an election, it is meant to include any election, State, District, Parochial, Ward or Municipal, held under any law of this State authorizing or requiring the same to be held, ordered for the purpose of nominating candidates or electing those nominated for any office for which an election may be held under the laws of this State, whether the same be held under fixed statutory provisions, or in accordance with authority legally vested in any political organization, committee or body governing any political body.
What Is Considered Corrupt Practice.
2840. [Sec. 2.] Any act, transaction or thing done in contravention of the provisions hereinafter directed against any candidate for an elective office or against any other person, and