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Central Committee of a political party so submits a list of electors; the Governor may select one which shall be the representation allowed such political party, from such list. Such appointment shall be made one each from the two dominant political parties by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. If any, political party fail or refuse to submit a list of nominees as herein provided, the Governor may, notwithstanding such failure or refusal, appoint a representative of such party to membership upon the State Election Board. The State Election Board shall always consist of three members. Compensation of members-duties of secretary,
Section 5. The members of the State Election Board, except the secretary, shall receive as compensation for their services, the sum of six dollars per day each and actual hotel and traveling expenses; provided, that the per diem herein provided for shall only be allowed for days actually engaged in the duties of the office, and in going to and from the place of meeting; and provided further, that in no case shall a member of the board, except the secretary, be allowed compensation for more than fifty days each year, or one hundred days during the term. The secretary shall receive as compensation for his services the sum of twenty-one hundred dollars per annum, to be paid monthly. He shall supervise the making and caring for the record of the office in addition to such other duties as may be imposed upon him by the board. The State Election Board shall maintain an office at the State Capitol continuously, with the secretary in charge. Repeal.
Section 6. Sections. 1, 2 and 2a, ch. 106, Session Laws, 1911, are hereby repealed. Removal of members of county and precinct boards.
Section 7. The State Election Board shall have the authority to remove at any time any member of the county election board, and the county election board shall have authority to remove at any time any member of the precinct election board; said authority to be exercised at the will of said election board or said county election board, respectively. Duties of precinct inspector--return of ballot box.
Section 8. The inspector of each precinct shall return and deliver to the secretary of the county election board the ballot box within forty-eight hours after the closing of the polls at any general or primary nominating election. Definition of political party-recognition.
Section 9. Definition of Party.—A political party is an affiliation of electors representing any political organization which, at the next general election preceding, polled for President or Governor at least five per centum of the entire vote cast for either of said respective officers, or any such political organization which may have polled at least ten per centum of the vote of as many as three other states at the last election held in such states. Such political parties shall nominate their candidates as all other political parties and be governed by laws regulating the same. And such political party shall in no way lise or conflict with the name of other political parties in the state. When such political parties fail to receive at two general elections, following each other, ten per centum of the vote cast for the party receiving the highest number of votes, it ceases to be a party. At the primary election held in August, 1914, any party which has a national recognition as a party shall be recognized as a political party in Oklahoma.
Qualifications of voter at primaries-challenges and affidavits.
Section 10. Persons Qualified to Vote in Primary. --All persons who are qualified electors in this state or who may become such at the first election following such primary, may vote in any primary clection; provided, that no person shall assist in the nomination of more than one political party. Provided, every person who is known to be a member of any political party seeking to make nominations at said election, the election officers shall permit such elector to assist in the nomination of candidates for such party. Any elector not known to the judges, or known by them to have previously affiliated with some party other than that in which he now desires to participate in the selection of candidates, or who may be challenged, as to party affiliations, shall be permitted to vote with such party only upon taking an oath that he is in good faith a member of the political party whose candidates he now seeks to assist in nominating, and with which he may be registered, or that it is his intention to support the nominees of the party in which he desires to participate at the coming regular election. Such affidavits shall be substantially in the following form:
State of Oklahoma:
the undersigned, do solemnly swear, (or affirm) that I am in good faith a member of the.. party whose candidates. I now seek to assist in nominating. Subscribed and sworn to before me this.
..day of.. 191.
Precinct Election Inspector, State of Oklahoma
..County, ss. I, the undersigned, do solemnly swear (or affirm) 'that I desire to affiliate with the..........
..party, and that it is my intention to support the nominees of the said party in which I now desire to participate at the..
Subscribed and sworn to before me this.
Precinct Election Inspector. Ballots for primaries-arrangement of names.
Section 11. The contract for the printing of all primary election ballots, whether state, district, city or county, shall provide that the names of all candidates for each of the various offices shall be so arranged and printed thereon, so that cach name will appear at the head of the list of candidates for each office on said ballot on the total number of ballots an equal number of times with each other name; and each name shall appear second on said ballot for each said office an equal number of times with each other name, and likewise, third and fourth to the end that the name of each candidate shall appear on said ballot in such position as will insure said candidate an equal opportunity with each other candidate; and the election board shall cause said primary election ballots, arranged as provided herein, to be printed in such numbers as is provided by law, and shall cause said ballots, so arranged and printed, to be distributed among the various precincts so as to carry out the intent of this section. Misconduct of election officers.
Section 12. Penalty for Official Misconduct.-If any inspector, judge or clerk of any general or primary
, election, or other officers or persons on whom any duty is enjoined by law, shall be guilty of any wilful neglect of duty, or of any corrupt conduct in the discharge of the same, such judge, inspector, clerk, officer or other person shall be deemed guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary not less than one year, nor more than five years, or by imprisonment in the county jail, not less than three months nor more than one year. Destroying or tampering with election records.
Section 13. Stealing Ballot Box and Other Frauds by Persons or Election Officers. Any person or member of any committee, or watcher, or any inspector, clerk, judge or other officer of any general or primary election who is guilty of stealing, wilfully or wrongfully breaking, destroying, mutilating, defacing, or unlawfully removing or securing or detaining the whole or any part of any ballot box, or any record, primary poll book, tally sheet, or any copy ihercof, oath, return, or any other paper or document provided for by
the laws of this state, or who shall fraudulently make an entry, erasure or alteration therein, except as allowed and directed by the laws of this state, or who permits any other person to do so, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary not less than one year, nor more than five years, or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than threc months nor more than one year.
Section 14. Penalty to Deface Ballots, Tally, Sheets or Ballot Box:—Whoever wilfully and wrongfully shall take or carry away from the place where it has been deposited for safe keeping, or deface, mutilate or change any general or primary ballot, tally sheet or ballot box, or any name or figure therein or thereon, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary not less than one year nor more than five years, or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than three months nor more than one year. Making false canvass or returns.
Section 15. Offense for False Returns or Canvass. -If any person whose duty it is to canvass the returns or to make or tabulate a statement who shall be deemed guilty of fraud, corruption or misbehavior, or of violating any of the laws of this state in canvassing the returns or making tabulated statement thereof, or issuing false certificates, he shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary not less than one year nor more than five years, or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than three months nor more than one year. Illegal voting.
Section 16. Repeating and Illegal Voting—Penalties.-Whoever votes more than once at any general or primary election or offers to vote after having once voted at such general or primary election or knowing that he is not a qualified elector at a general or primary election, wilfully votes at such general or primary