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AUTHOR OF THE PEDERAL DIGEST; THE UNITED STATES DIGEST, ETC.

PHILADELPHIA:
KAY & BROTHER, 17 AND 19 SOUTH SIXTH STREET,
LAW BOOKSELLERS, PUBLISHERS AND IMPOR7ZR3.

1871.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by

FREDERICK C. BRIGHTLY,

in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

PHILADELPHIA:
COLLINS, PRINTER, 705 JAYXE STREKT.

PREFACE.

No questions have greater interest for a people possessed of the right of self-government, than those arising out of the exercise of the elective franchise; whilst other constitutional questions affect classes of the community, the ones treated of in this work have reference *o the vital principles of our government and come ho me to every citizen of the republic. The working of air system of election by ballot is, at the present time, the subject of anxious consideration by the British people and Parliament, and presents one of the nicest problems that can engage the attention of the Statesman and Politician. It is, therefore, strange, but nevertheless true, that no work has yet appeared, on this side of the Atlantic, which treats exclusively of the question of popular suffrage, though greatly needed both by the professional man and the general reader.

To supply this want, the author has been induced to make this Collection of Cases, and in the notes to present the numerous authorities that exist on this important

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