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COMPLETE ELECTION GUIDE:

THE

REFORM ACT,

2 WM. IV. CHAP. XLV.

DISSECTED, ARRANGED, AND ILLUSTRATED

BY A

COMMENTARY

ON ITS VARIOUS PROVISIONS,

WITH REFERENCE TO THE GENERAL

Law and Practice of Elections,

DIRECTING

ELECTORS, CANDIDATES, AND OFFICERS,

IN THE PROSECUTION AND EXERCISE OF THEIR RIGHTS, AND THE

PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES.

WITH

THE BOUNDARY ACT, 2 & 3 W. 4, c. 64.

BY GEORGE PRICE, ESQ.

OF THE TEMPLE, BARRISTER AT LAW.

LONDON:

JAMES RIDGWA Y, PICCADILLY.

It is an observation proved by a great number of presidents, that never any good bill was preferred, or good motion made in Parliament, whereof any memoriall was made in the Journall Book, or otherwise, though sometimes it succeeded not at the first, yet hath it never died, but at one time or other hath taken effect; which may be a great encouragement to worthy and industrious attempts.

4th Institute, p. 32.

LONDON:

C. ROWORTH AND SONS, BEI L YARD,

TEMPLE BAR.

PREFACE.

It may be proper and of use to apprise the Reader of the object and design of the present publication of an Edition of the Reform Act--as the statute 2 W. 4. c. 45. “ To amend the Representation of the People in England and Wales,” (its proper title,)—is commonly and conventionally called.

The object is to render the reading of that statute more readily intelligible and more easily legible generally; but particularly to the official agents required by the Act to administer to its operation, and to such persons as may be interested in the provisions and would avail themselves of the benefits of this Law.

The means by which it has been attempted to accomplish that object are principally these: Every division (by Section) of the Statute has been again separately dissected and broken, by aid of paragraphs, into the several distinct and often different enactments contained or embodied in each, with a marginal sum of the substance of every integral provision opposed to each enacting or providing clause.

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