Parliamentary Electors Registration Act 1868

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1868 c. 58


Parliamentary Electors Registration Act, 1868

(31 & 32 Vict.) C A P. LVIII.

An Act to amend the Law of Registration so far as relates to the Year One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, and for other Purposes relating thereto.

[16th July 1868]

W HEREAS it is expedient to make Provision for expediting the Completion of the Registration of Parliamentary Electors during the present Year, and to make certain Amendments in the Law relating to Elections:

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:

Preliminary.

Preliminary.

S-1 Definition of Principal Act. \(6 & 7 Vict. c. 18.)

1 Definition of Principal Act. \(6 & 7 Vict. c. 18.)

1.‘Principal Act’ in this Act shall mean the Act passed in the Session of the Sixth and Seventh Years of the Reign of Her present Majesty, Chapter Eighteen, intituledAn Act to amend the Law for the Registration of Persons entitled to vote, and to define certain Rights of Voting, and to regulate certain Proceedings in the Election of Members to serve in Parliament for England and Wales, as amended by ‘The County Voters Registration Act, 1865.’

S-2 This and Principal Act construed as One.

2 This and Principal Act construed as One.

2. This Act shall be construed as One with the Principal Act, and may be cited for all Purposes as ‘TheParliamentary Electors Registration Act, 1868.’

S-3 Application of Act.

3 Application of Act.

3. This Act shall not apply toScotland or Ireland , except that so much thereof as relates to the Time to be appointed for the First Meeting of Parliament after the Dissolution thereof shall apply both to Scotland and Ireland , and that so much thereof as relates to an Election for the County of Orkney and Shetland shall apply to Scotland .

I Amendment of Law as to Registration.

PART I.

Provisions as to Registration in the Year

Provisions as to Registration in the Year

S-4 Number of Revising Barristers to be appointed for 1868.

4 Number of Revising Barristers to be appointed for 1868.

4. The Number of Revising Barristers to be appointed in the Year One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, in pursuance of the Twenty-eighth Section of the Principal Act, may be as follows; that is to say,

For the County of Middlesex and for the City of London , the City of Westminster , and the Boroughs in the County of Middlesex

6

For the Counties, Cities, Boroughs, and Places within the Home Circuit

15

For the Counties, Cities, Boroughs, and Places within the Western Circuit

21

For the Counties, Cities, Boroughs, and Places within the Oxford Circuit

18

For the Counties, Cities, Boroughs, and Places within the Midland Circuit

20

For the Counties, Cities, Boroughs, and Places within the Norfolk Circuit

15

For the Counties, Cities, Boroughs, and Places within the Northern Circuit

20

For the Counties, Cities Boroughs, and Places within the North Wales Circuit

8

For the Counties, Cities, Boroughs, and Places within the South Wales Circuit

9
S-5 Additional Barristers how to be appointed.

5 Additional Barristers how to be appointed.

5. The Power of appointing additional Revising Barristers in pursuance of Section Twenty-nine of the Principal Act shall, in the Case of any Event in which the said Power arises occurring after the Fifth Day ofSeptember in the Year One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, be exercised by any Judge of Her Majesty's Superior Courts of Common Law at Westminster sitting in Chambers, on the like Representations being made to him as would justify an Appointment under the said Section.

S-6 Revision of Lists in Counties.

6 Revision of Lists in Counties.

6. The following Provisions shall be enacted with respect to the Revision of the Lists and Completion of the Register of Voters in Counties in the Year One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight:

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1. The Lists of Voters for each County shall be revised by the Barrister or Barristers appointed to revise the same between the Fourteenth Day ofSeptember inclusive and the Eighth Day of October inclusive, and the Barrister appointed to revise the Lists shall, Seven Days at the least before holding any Court of Revision, give Notice to the Clerk of the Peace of the Time and Place at which such Court will be holden, and of the several Parishes and Townships the Lists of and for which will be revised at such Court, which last-mentioned Lists are herein-after referred to as the Parochial Lists.

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2. The Revising Barrister shall, if practicable, complete the Revision of the Lists of one Polling District before proceeding to revise the Lists of another Polling District.

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3. The Revising Barrister, on completing the Revision of the Lists of any Polling District, shall forthwith transmit the same to the Clerk of the Peace of the County in which the District is situate.

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4. The Clerk of the Peace shall keep the original Lists amongst the Records of the Session, but shall, as soon as possible after the Receipt thereof, cause Copies of such Lists to be printed, with the Names in each Parish or Township in the District arranged in alphabetical Order, and numbered consecutively throughout the whole of the Lists belonging to the Polling District, beginning in each Polling District with the Number One.

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5. The Clerk of the Peace shall, as soon as possible after the Receipt of all the revised Lists of his County, cause to be made out and printed a separate supplemental List for each Polling District, containing in alphabetical Order the Names of all Persons whose Names do not appear in any of the Parochial Lists of such District, but who have been registered by the Revising Barrister to vote at the Polling Place of such District; and such supplemental List shall be placed at the End of the Parochial Lists of each Polling District.

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6. All the Lists of a County, including the said supplemental Lists, shall be printed uniformly, and shall be capable of forming One Book, or of being detached each List by itself, so that the List of any Parish or Township, or all the Lists of any Polling District or Polling Districts, may be had separately.

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7. The Clerk of the Peace shall, on or before the First Day ofNovember One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, sign a printed Copy of every Parochial List and Supplemental List as aforesaid belonging to the several Polling Districts in his County, and deliver the Book containing such Lists, arranged according to the alphabetical Order of the Polling Districts, to the Sheriff of the County, to be by him and his Successors in Office safely kept; and such Book shall be the Register of Persons entitled to vote at any Election of a Member or Members to serve in Parliament which may take place in and for the same County between the First Day ofNovember One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight and the First Day of January One thousand eight hundred and seventy.

S-7 Revision of Lists in Boroughs.

7 Revision of Lists in Boroughs.

7. The following Provisions shall be enacted with respect to the Revision of the Lists and Completion of the Register of Voters in Cities and Boroughs in the Year One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight:

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1. The Revision of the Lists of Voters for a City or Borough for the Year One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight shall be begun and completed in the same Interval, and, so far as is convenient, in the same Manner, as is in this Act provided with respect to the Lists of Voters for a County, but it shall be lawful for the Revising Barrister to conduct the Revision by Parishes, Townships, Polling Districts, or otherwise as he thinks will most conduce to Despatch, and to send to the Town Clerk from Time to Time such Parts of the revised Lists as he thinks convenient.

S-8 Delivery of Lists to Returning Officer.

8 Delivery of Lists to Returning Officer.

8. The Town Clerk of every City or Borough returning a Member or Members to serve in Parliament shall, on or before the First Day ofNovember One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, sign and deliver the printed Book containing all the Lists of the Voters in his City or Borough to the Returning Officer of such City or Borough, to be by him and his Successors, as Returning Officer, safely kept, and such Book shall be the Register of Persons entitled to vote at any Election of a Member or Members to serve in Parliament which may take place in and for the said City or Borough between the First Day of November One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight and the First Day of January One thousand eight hundred and seventy.

S-9 Extension in certain Cases of Time for making Claims to vote for County Members.

9 Extension in certain Cases of Time for making Claims to vote for County Members.

9. Where, by reason of the Disfranchisement or the Alteration of the Boundaries of any Borough during the present Session of Parliament, any Person who would not otherwise be so entitled becomes entitled to vote for the Member or Members to serve in Parliament for any County, the Time for making a Claim shall in such Case in this present Year extend to the Twenty-fifth instead of the Twentieth ofJuly .

S-10 Sect. 60. of 30 & 31 Vict. c. 102. to be construed as herein stated.

10 Sect. 60. of 30 & 31 Vict. c. 102. to be construed as herein stated.

10. Whereas it is provided by the Sixtieth Section of the Representation of the People Act, 1867, that ‘notwithstanding anything in this Act contained, in the event of a Vacancy in the Representation of any Constituency or of a Dissolution of Parliament taking place, and a Writ or Writs being issued before the First Day ofJanuary One thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine for the Election of Members to serve in the present or any new Parliament, each Election shall take place in the same Manner in all respects as if no Alteration had been made by this Act in the Franchises...

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