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setting forth the reason for such registration. The following list, by counties, shows the number of persons whose names were placed on the challenge list for registration days in 1917:

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CHALLENGE LIST FOR ELECTION DAY

To indiscriminately challenge the right of franchise of an elector has, in the past, proven most embarrassing to well-meaning persons and in some instances has resulted in the apprehension of

innocent electors. While there exists, in a large voting population like the city of New York, a strata of men who have become blunted to the privileges of the rights of franchise and on whom a strict watch must be kept that this privilege be not abused, tɔ the detriment of the honest citizen to whom his civic rights represent that democracy which he is willing to fight for, discre tion must be exercised, and I have made it a custom to reduce as far as possible the number of names appearing on the challenge lists emanating from this Department, so that only the names of those who investigation and reinvestigation clearly showed were lacking the necessary qualifications, were placed thereon.

Special stress was laid on first voters and thirty day voters, and this year naturalization papers were given close attention, with the result that 900 registered voters in five assembly districts throughout the city had been erroneously registered by the Boards of Inspectors, as such persons had been naturalized less than ninety days prior to the day of election. I also made a special effort to reduce the number of persons voting who had moved from one county to another and were not yet four months in the county in which they had moved, as my attention had been called to many cases of short residence in counties.

Names appearing on Election Day challenge list were classified as follows:

Removals after registration days.

Felons who had not been restored to citizenship.

Those not residing in the State a year or in the county four months, in the election district thirty days.

Persons whose naturalization papers were not dated ninety days prior to election.

Persons registering in the wrong election district.

On the evening of the 5th day of November, these challenge lists were arranged by election districts and rearranged in police inspection districts, turned over to the Police Department and distributed by the police together with instructions for each Board of Inspectors. A challenge list receipt was signed by the four members of the Board of Inspectors upon delivery of the challenge list. The following summarization indicates the number

of names on the Election Day challenge list, the number appearing to vote and the number of such persons who did not attempt

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AFFIDAVITS MADE BY ELECTORS

The proceeding instituted by me last year having persons not legally qualified to exercise their right of franchise make affidavits that they would not vote, was again put into practice by

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