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Member of Congress-Notice of Vacancy in Office of.

Sec. 211. If any vacancy shall exist in the office of representative to congress, one month, if possible, before such election, the secretary of state shall give notice in writing to the board of county commissioners of each county, specifying the cause of such vacancy, the name of the officer in whose office it occurred and the time when his term of office would have expired.

[S. L. 1890, Ch. 80, Sec. 49.]

Members of Legislature-Special Election to Fill Vacancy.

Sec. 212. Whenever a vacancy shall occur in the office of any member of the senate or house of representatives, the county clerk of the county or counties in which the member whose office is vacant resided, shall immediately notify the governor of such vacancy, whereupon the governor shall issue an order of election to the board of county commissioners of the county or counties in which the vacancy is to be filled, upon which an election shall be held to fill such vacancy; but unless the legislature shall be in session at the time the vacancy occurs, or there shall be a session between the time at which the vacancy occurs and the next general election, no special election shall be ordered to fill such vacancy.

[S. L. 1890, Ch. 80, Sec. 50.]

Special General Elections on Questions to Be Decided.

Sec. 213. Whenever any question is to be brought before and decided by the electors of Wyoming, the governor may call a special election, which shall be conducted the same as a special election called to fill a vacancy in the office of representative in. congress.

[S. L. 1890, Ch. 80, Sec. 46.]

County Commissioners-Duties of-Special Elections.

Sec. 214. The board of county commissioners of each county shall make all adequate provisions for elections ordered by the governor, and shall carry out all the provisions of law concerning special elections, the same as if the elections had been called by the said board.

[S. L. 1890-91, Ch. 100, Sec. 14, Sub. 1.]

Special County Elections Shall Be Ordered by County Commissioners.

Sec. 215. All special elections for county and precinct officers, shall be ordered by the county commissioners, which order shall be countersigned by the clerk, of the board of county commissioners.

[S. L. 1890, Ch. 80, Sec. 53.]

Contents of Order for Special Elections-Time of Order.

Sec. 216. Every order issued for a special election shall specify the county or district in which such election is to be

held, the reason for the special election, the name of the office to be filled, the time when the term of office will commence, and the day on which such election is to be held, which shall, if possible, not be less than twenty days from the date of the order of election.

[S. L. 1890, Ch. 80, Sec. 54.]

Vacancy in Office-Who Determines Fact of.

Sec. 217. Whenever it is alleged that a vacancy in any office exists, the officer, court, or county board whose duty it is to fill the vacancy by appointment or to order an election to fill such vacancy, shall have power to determine whether or not the facts occasioning such vacancy exist.

State ex rel. Miller vs. Barber, 4 Wyo., 400.

Who May Vote at Special Elections.

[S. L. 1890, Ch. 80, Sec. 47.]

Sec. 218. All persons who have registered either during the registration period immediately preceding a special election, or a municipal election, or who have registered less than two years before such election, during a regular registration period for county elections, or during any special or municipal registration period, subsequent to such regular county election, shall be entitled to vote at such special election, or municipal election as the case may be, in the precinct in which they registered. The provisions of this title shall apply to all special elections and municipal elections.

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Convention or Primary Meeting Defined.

Sec. 219. A convention or primary meeting within the meaning of this act is an organized assemblage of electors or delegates representing a political party.

State ex rel. Bennett vs. Barber, 4 Wyo., 56.

[S. L. 1890, Ch. 80, Sec. 85.]

Application of Law-How Meeting Shall Be Called.

Sec. 220. Any caucus or public meeting of the qualified voters of a county, district, city, town, ward of a city or town, or polling precinct, of any specified party or portion of such voters, for the nomination of candidates to be supported at any state, general, county, district, municipal or other election, or for the selection of delegates to any political convention, or for the appointment of any political committee, may be called by written or printed notice, specifying that the same is to be held in accordance with the provisions of this title, and such provisions thereof shall then apply to the conduct and proceedings of such meeting.

Officers of Meeting.

[S. L. 1897, Ch. 53, Sec. 24.]

Sec. 221. The call for the meeting shall designate by name or office the person who shall call the meeting to order; and the person so designated shall call the meeting to order and preside until a chairman shall be chosen. In case, however, the person so designated shall be absent at the time appointed, the meeting may choose a temporary chairman to act in place of such person. The organization of the meeting by the choice of a chairman, clerk and such other officers as the meeting may require, shall be the first business in order.

When Ballot Shall Be Taken.

[S. L. 1890-91, Ch. 32, Sec. 2.]

Sec. 222. A ballot shall be taken for the choice of any candidate, delegate or member of a political committee to be selected by such meeting, in case five or more of the persons present and entitled to vote therein shall in any case so request in writing; and in case of such written request, a ballot shall be taken for the choice of the chairman of such meeting unless the meeting shall vote to dispense with such ballot. Such written request may be presented to the presiding officer for the time being, by motion or otherwise at any time, before a choice of the officers to which it relates is effected.

Challenge of Voters.

[S. L. 1890-91, Ch. 32, Sec. 3.]

Sec. 223. Any person offering to vote at any such meeting may be challenged by any person present as to whether his political faith is in accordance with that of the party or voters holding such meeting, and as to whether he is a resident elector within the district or precinct holding such meeting. Upon such challenge the party challenged, before he shall be permitted to vote, shall be required to make a sworn statement before the presiding officer of such meeting showing his place of residence and that the same is within the proper district or precinct, and also showing his political faith is in accordance with the party or voters holding such meet

ing, and in case he refuses to make such sworn statement his vote shall not be received.

Preservation of Ballots.

[S. L. 1907, Ch. 100, Sec. 1.]

Sec. 224. The clerk chosen at such meeting shall, at the request in writing of five voters entitled to act therein, safely keep all ballots cast, and check lists used therein for a period of three months, and shall produce the same if called for by any court of justice.

[S. L. 1890-91, Ch. 32, Sec. 7.]

Regulations May Be Adopted by Primary.

Sec. 225. Nothing herein shall prevent the enforcement at any primary of further regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of this title.

[S. L. 1890-91, Ch. 32, Sec. 8.]

Nominations of Candidates May Be by Convention or Primary.

Sec. 226. Any convention or primary meeting as herein defined, held for the purpose of making nominations to public office and also electors to the number herein specified may nominate candidates for public office to be filled by election.

[S. L. 1890, Ch. 80, Sec. 84.]

Certificate of Nomination by Convention or Primary.

Sec. 227. All nominations made by such convention or primary meeting shall be certified as follows: The certificate of nomination shall be in writing, shall contain the name of each person nominated; his residence; his business, and the office for which he is nominated, and shall designate in not more than two words, of which the word "Party" shall be one, the political party which such primary meeting represents (as for instance: "Republican Party," "Democratic Party," "People's Party," or "Fusion Party") a compound or hyphenated word shall not be used to indicate the name of a political party within the meaning of this section. The certificate shall be signed by the chairman and secretary of such convention or primary meeting, who shall add to their signa-. tures their respective places of residence, and make oath before an officer qualified to administer the same that the affiants were such officers of such convention or primary meeting, and that the statements contained in such certificate are true to the best of their knowledge and belief. A certificate that such oath has been administered shall be made and signed by the officer before whom such oath was made. The certificate, made out as herein required, shall be delivered, or be caused to be delivered, by the chairman or secretary of such convention or primary meeting to the officer by whom the same is to be filed.

State ex rel. Bennett vs. Barber, 4 Wyo., 56.
State ex rel. vs. Burdick, 46 Pac., 854.

[S. L. 1897, Ch. 53, Sec. 12.]

How Candidates May Be Nominated Outside of Convention. Sec. 228. Candidates for public office may be nominated otherwise than by convention or primary meeting in the following manner: A certificate of the nomination containing the name of each person nominated; his residence; his business; the office for which he is nominated and the name of the party or principle which the candidate and those nominating him represent, expressed in one word, entirely different from the name of any political party making nominations voted for at the last preceding general election, shall be signed by the electors residing within the district or political division in and for which the officer, or officers are to be elected, in the following numbers:

State ex rel. vs. Burdick, 46 Pac., 854.

The number of signatures shall not be less than one hundred when the nomination is for an office to be filled by the. electors of the entire state, or any subdivision thereof larger than a county, and shall not be less than twenty-five when the election is for an office to be filled by the electors of a county, and shall not be less than ten when the election is for an office to be filled by the electors of any subdivision or district less than a county. The signatures need not all be appended to one paper, but each elector signing the certificate shall add to his signature his place of residence and his occupation. Such certificate may be filed in the same manner and with the same effect as a certificate of nomination made by a party convention or primary meeting.

[S. L. 1897, Ch. 53, Sec. 13.]

Certificate to Name but One Candidate-Person Can Accept

but One Nomination.

Sec. 229. No certificate of nomination shall contain the name of more than one candidate for each office to be filled, and if it does it shall be void. No person shall join in nominating more than one person for the same office, and if he does, his name shall not be counted upon either certificate. Whenever any person shall receive two or more nominations for the same office, he shall be deemed to have accepted the nomination first made and to have declined the others unless, within the time limited for filing certificates of nomination, he shall file in the office where such certificates of nomination are required to be filed, a written statement, signed and sworn to by him, designating which one of such nominations he desires to accept, and upon the filing thereof he shall be deemed to have declined the other nominations.

[S. L. 1890, Ch. 80, Sec. 89; S. L. 1897, Ch. 53, Sec. 16.]

State ex rel. vs. Burdick, 46 Pac., 854.

Certificate of Nomination Shall Be Verified by Oath.

Sec. 230. One of the signers to each separate certificate of nomination shall swear that the statements therein con

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