House of Commons (Electors) Act 1786

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1786 c. 100
Anno Regni GEORGII III. vicesimo sexto. An Act to prevent occasional Inhabitants from voting in the Election of Members to serve in Parliament, for Cities and Boroughs, in that Part ofGreat Britain called England , and the Dominion of Wales .

(26 Geo. 3) C A P. C.

'W H E R E A S it frequently happens, in Cities and Boroughs where the Right of Election of Members to serve in Parliament is in the Inhabitants paying Scot and Lot, or in the Inhabitants Householders, Housekeepers, and Pot-wallers, legally settled, or in the Inhabitants Householders, Housekeepers, and Pot-wallers, or in the Inhabitants Householders Resiants, or in the Inhabitants within such Cities or Boroughs, that much Trouble, Expence, and Litigation is created by occasional Voters, to the great Prejudice of the real Inhabitants, who bear the Burthens of such Cities and Boroughs, and to whom the Right of sending Members to Parliament belongs:' For Remedy thereof, be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliamentassembled, and by the Authority of the same, That, from and after the first Day ofAugust one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, no Person shall be admitted to vote at any Election of a Member or Members to serve in Parliament for any City or Borough of that Part of Great Britain called England , or the Dominion of Wales , as an Inhabitant paying Scot and Lot, or as an Inhabitant Householder, Housekeeper, and Pot-waller, legally settled, or as all Inhabitant Householder, Housekeeper, and Pot-waller, or as an Inhabitant Householder Resiant, or as an Inhabitant of such City or Borough, unless he shall have been actually and bona fide an Inhabitant paying Scot and Lot, or an Inhabitant Householder, Housekeeper, and Pot-waller, legally settled, or an Inhabitant Householder, Housekeeper, and Pot-waller, or an Inhabitant Householder Resiant, or an Inhabitant within such City or Borough six Calendar Months previous to the Day of the Election at which he shall tender his Vote; and if any Person shall vote at any such Election, contrary to the true Intent and Meaning of this Act, his Vote shall be deemed null and void, and he shall forfeit to any Person who shall sue for the same, the Sum of twenty Pounds, to be recovered by him or her, by Action of Debt, in any of his Majesty's Courts of Record atWestminster , wherein no Essoin...

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