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south to the south line of the William Watling farm; thence in a northeasterly direction along the south line of said Watling farm to the center of the Monroe road; thence northerly along the center of the Monroe road to the south limits of the city as now located; thence east to the Huron river; thence down the west bank of said river to the southeast corner of the west half of the northwest fractional quarter of section fifteen, in said township; thence north to the north line of the southwest quarter of section three, in said township; thence west to the east line of River street; thence northerly on the east line of said street to the north line of Highland Cemetery, protracted east; thence west to the northwest quarter of section four; thence south to the southeast corner of said quarter section; thence west to the north bank of the Huron river; thence up the said river to the place of beginning, be and the same is hereby set off from the said township of Ypsilanti, and declared to be a city by the name of “The City of Ypsilanti,” by which
name it shall hereafter be known.1 porate. Sec. 3. The freemen of said city, from time to time, being
inhabitants thereof, shall be and continue a body corporate and politic to be known and distinguished by the name and title of The City of Ypsilanti, and shall be and are hereby made capable of suing and being sued, of pleading and being impleaded, of answering and being answered unto, and of defending and being defended in all courts of law and equity, and in all other places whatever; and may have a common seal which they may alter and change at pleasure, and by the same name shall be and are hereby made capable of purchasing, holding, conveying and disposing of any real or personal estate for said city.
The said city shall be divided into five wards, to wit: the first ward shall embrace all that portion of said city lying west of the Huron river and south of the south line of Congress street, extending westerly to the west limits of said city. The second ward shall embrace all that portion of said city lying west of the Huron river and north of the south line of Congress street, extending westerly to the city limits and
1. As Amended by Act 110 of the Laws of 1891.
north to the center of the Ann Arbor road, and the north line
The fourth Fourth.
Sec. 5. The aldermen of said city shall constitute the board Board of regisof registration thereof.
Sec. 6. The board of registration, at their session previous Re-registration. to the general election in November, in the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty, shall make a re-registration of the qualified voters of their respective wards, in books of the form provided by law. The same rules shall be observed in such registration as are provided by liew for registration in cities ; and a like registration of the electors of each ward shall be made at the session of the board next preceding the general election in the year eighteen hundred and eighty-four, and every fourth year thereafter. When such new registry shall be New registry. made the former registry of electors shall not be used, nor shall any person vote at any election in such ward after such reregistration unless his name shall be registered in such new register. Notice that such re-registration is required to be made shall be given with the notice of the meeting or session of the board at which it is to be made.
Sec. 7. The inhabitants of the said city, being electors un- Qualification of der the constitution of the State of Michigan, and no other, are declared to be electors under this act, and qualified to vote at the elections held by virtue of this act; and each person offering to vote at any such election, if challenged by an elector Challenge. of the ward where such vote is offered, before his vote shall be
1. As Amended by Act 110 of the Laws of 1891.
received, shall take one of the oaths now provided by the laws of this State, approved June twenty-seventh, eighteen hundred and fifty-one, entitled an act to provide for holding general and special elections, which oath shall be administered to him by
one of the inspectors of election; and if any person shall swear Swearing faire- falsely, upon conviction thereof he shall be liable to the pains ly perjury.
and penalties of perjury; but the common council of said city are hereby authorized and empowered to provide by general ordinance, from time to time, tu so change the form of the oath or oaths to be administered to such elector (if challenged) as to conform to the constitution and laws of the State which
may from time to time be in force. Opening and Sec. 8. On the day of election held by virtue of this act, closing polls.
the polls shall be opened in each ward, at the several places designated by the common council, at eight o'clock in the morning, and shall be kept open without intermission or adjournment until four o'clock in the afternoon, at which
hour they shall be finally closed. Board of inspec
The two. aldermen of each ward shall constitute tors.
the board of inspectors of election, and such one of their
number as they shall appoint shall be their chairman; said Clerks of elec board shall also appoint two competent persons to be clerks
of election; each of said persons so appointed shall take the constitutional oath of office, to be administered by either inspector of said board, who are hereby authorized to adminis
ter the same. Inspectors of
Sec. 10. Inspectors of election, as specified in the precedState officers, ing section, shall be inspectors of election held in said wards
respectively, as well for the election of State, district and
At an election held under this act, if from any electing inspec
cause, either or all inspectors of election shall fail to attend any such election at the appointed time and place, his or their place may be supplied for the time being by the electors present, who shall elect any of their number viva voce, who when so elected, shall be duly sworn by an officer authorized to administer oaths, to a faithful performance of their duties.
An election shall be held in each ward annually, Annual Ward on the first Monday in April, at such place as the common council shall appoint, by posting notices of the holding of said election in at least three of the most public places in each ward, at least six days previous to said election.
Sec. 13. There shall be elected annually, by the qualified Officers elected. electors of the whole city, voting in their own wards, one mayor, to hold his office for the term of one year. There shall also be elected annually, in the first, second and third wards (which wards shall constitute the first judicial district), one supervisor and one constable, to hold their respective offices for the term of one year; and also there shall be elected every fourth year one justice of the peace, to hold his office for the term of four years. There shall also be elected annually in the fourth and fifth wards, (which wards shall constitute the second judicial district), one supervisor and one constable to hold their respective offices for the term of one year; and there shall also be elected every fourth year, one justice of the peace, to hold his office for the term of four years. There shall also be elected annually, in each ward, by the electors thereof, one alderman, to hold their respective offices for the term of two years.
Sec. 14. The person receiving the greatest number of votes Greatest num for any office in said city, district or ward, shall be deemed eiect. to have been duly elected to such office; and if any officer, Tie. except alderman and justice of the peace, shall not have been chosen by reason of two or more candidates having received an equal number of votes, the common council shall, by ballot, elect such officers from the two candidates having the highest number of votes.
Sec. 15. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of alder- Filling vacancy man or justice of the peace by the refusal or neglect on the man or justice. part of such alderman or justice of the peace to take the oath of office within the time required by this act, by the resignation, death, 'ceasing to be an inhabitant of the ward or district for which such alderman or justice of the peace shall have been elected, by removal from office, or by the decision of a
ber of votes to
competent tribunal, declaring void the election of such alderman or justice of the peace, or for any other cause, the common council of said city shall immediately appoint a special election, to be held in the ward or district for which such officer was chosen, at some suitable place or places, not less than five nor more than fifteen days from the time of such appointment: Provided, That in case such vacancy shall occur in the office of alderman within three months before the first Monday in April, it shall be optional with the common council to order a special election or not.
Vacancies ex cept alderman and justice.
Sec. 16. In case a vacancy shall occur in any of the offices in this act declared to be elective or appointive, except alderman and justice of the peace, the common council may, in their discretion, fill such vacancy by the appointment of a suitable person, who is an elector, and if appointed for a district or ward, who is also a resident of the ward or district for which he shall be appointed; and any officer appointed to fill vacancy, if the office is elective, shall hold by virtue of such appointment, only until the first Monday of May next succeeding.
Sec. 17. Whenever a special election is to be held, the common council shall cause to be delivered to the inspectors of election in the ward or district where such officer is to be chosen, a notice, signed by the clerk, specifying the officer to be chosen, and the day and place at which such election is to be held; and the proceedings at such elections shall be the same as at the annual or general election; such notice shall also be published in a newspaper of the city at least once before the day of such special election.
Vote to be by ballot.
Sec. 18. The electors shall vote by ballot, and each person offering to vote shall deliver his ballot, so folded as to conceal its contents, to one of the inspectors, in the presence of the board; the ballot shall be a paper ticket, which shall contain written or printed, or partly written and partly printed, the names of the persons for whom the elector intends to vote, and shall designate the office to which each person so named is intended by him to be chosen; but no ballot shall contain a