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SCENES AND INCIDENTS.

EARLY ENTHUSIASM

A • considerable time lias elapsed since the streets of Ashburton presented such animated scenes as they did early to-day. From the opening of the polling booths at 9 o'clock, a steady influx of people were noticed making their way either to th© Council Chambers or the Courthouse to record their votes. .The local residents were supplemented by a number of people from, country districts, who took the opportunity to also transact business, as well as vote. Throughout the morning the voting appeared to Be xegulated in such a way as to cause no blockage at the booths, and all arrangements proceeded smoothly. A large number of motor cars were pressed into requisition, chiefly by supporters of Nolicense, to convey prospective enthusiasts to the booths.* When the shops closed at 1 p.m. a large numbel- of the assistants found their way to the nearest polling places. Amongst tlie. latter were a number of young ladies with smiling countenances, who were about to record a vote for the first time which would help to turn the Dominion "dry" or otherwise. A good deal of speculation was lieard in the streets as to what the ultimate result would be, and no ■doubt, as in the case of previous elections, a good deal of deception would take place by those who were anxious to please both parties, and "run with the hare and hunt with the hounds." However, a very fair indication of the Dominion results may be expected by those who assenible oxitside the "Guardian" office this evening,. The screening of the results will take place at 7 p.m. until midnight, if desirable. As previously indicated no telephone calls will be answered, r as the instrument will be utilised to assist in obtaining results for the screen. Our Methven correspondent telephoned this afternoon that there was great activity to-day in that district, and, in fact, he had never known the polling to be so brisk. It is interesting to note in connection with the licensing referendum that Clutha was the first district to go dry in 1894. Ashburton district voted prohibition! in. 1902, and as is wellknown, has been dry ever since. In 1902 the voting for, No-license in Ashburton was 2870, ami against 1734. In 1905 2663 voted for restoration, and 2663 against. In 1908 the voting was 3085 for, and 2636 against. In 1911 there were 3175 votes for and 2709 against, and at the last election in 1914, there were 3511 votes for and 2611 against. At the election in 1914 the voting against Jvfational Prohibition throughout the (Dominion Avas 257,442, and for National Prohibition 244,217, making a total of 504,659 votes. On the local No-license issue., however, __ the voting wa-3- for continuance 237,188', and for No-license 137,423. The 12 "dry, districts in 1914 voted on the restoration issue as follows:—For restoration 37,217, against restoration 42,051.

It is estimated, that there are, roughly. 620,047 names on the ' rolls in the Dominion, but, in addition to these, there are probably a number of voters who have been wrongly struck off, and provision has been made for the latter to vote by declaration. .

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9583, 10 April 1919

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SCENES AND INCIDENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9583, 10 April 1919

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