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Election petition cases | The Solicitors' Journal - July 10, 1886

It may be useful, at the present time, to note some of the leading points decided by the election petition cases tried after the last General Election, and reported in the new part of "O'Malley & Hardcastle," which we recently reviewed.

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Among them are the following: - A circle instead of a cross invalidates a vote; money paid by a candidate before he has been actually selected need not be included in his election expenses (Norwich case; but see Stepney case); a recount by the court itself may take place on reasonable grounds; it is illegal to hire persons to keep order at public meetings, although volunteers may be employed for that purpose; it is illegal to give refreshment to "workers"; the giving of a school-feast, in accordance with a usual practice, is not corrupt treating; and it is not an illegal device to issue cards containing a copy of the ballot-paper on which the name of one candidate is printed in very small type and the name of the other in very large type with a cross against it, followed by the words, "Be careful not to sign your voting-paper, nor make any other mark except the cross as shewn above, or your vote will be lost."

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