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Sir, —A canvasser on behalf of one of the city electorates called at an elector's house and asked the lady of the house, to sign a paper as to whether she was willing to vote for the sitting member or not. If not agreeable to vote for him. then to state her reasons for refusing. This takes the cake for electioneering impudence, and surely is a direct contravention of the secrecy of the ballot. I desire to make this known to warn electors against such tactics.—l am, etc , Elector. November 17.

[We understand that the canvasser in question erred in ignorance. His instructions from the candidate's secretary were that in making inquiries as to enrolment he was merely to ascertain, without pressing the point, whether the elector favored the gentleman in whoso interest he was acting. This information (whether the elector was favorable to or against the candidate or was doubtful) was merely required for the committee's guidance. The canvasser's implicit instructions wore not to ask for a signature of any kind. — Ed. E.S.]

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SECRECY OF THE BALLOT., Issue 15654, 19 November 1914

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SECRECY OF THE BALLOT. Issue 15654, 19 November 1914

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