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A good many declaration votes have been invalidated owing; to a common misunderstanding, evidently shared by some deputy-returning officers, that a person could vote in any* electorate on :a declaration that he, or she, was still Qualified to vote. The Act provides that such an elector can only vote if his name has been wrongly removed from the roll, if he still resides in the electorate, and is still qualified to vote. Many declarations have been accepted from persons who, admittedly, were living outside the electorate in which they made their declaration. These votes must be disallowed. One returning officer states that the official count has hardly varied the original count. As for declaration votes disallowed, they had been cast in about the same proportions as the rest of the votes in the booth. A re-count of the Christchureh South votes, where 12 absent voters' permits nrp still to come in, increases the prohibition majority in the district by 11. The revised figures are: — Continuance ... ... 3510 Prohibition ... ... 3773 Informal ... ,-■■ 51 Total 7334 ■Tho counting of the absentee votes j in ■ the Masterton electorate resulted as follows: —Continuance 55, Prohibi- j /tion 82. The official re-count lias reduced the maioritv for Continuance to 1, the figures being: — . Continuance ... ... 2781 Prohibition 2780 Informal ... ... 37

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OFFICIAL COUNTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9588, 16 April 1919

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OFFICIAL COUNTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9588, 16 April 1919

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