Remarks of Members of the Electoral Commission

Remarks of Members of the Electoral Commission

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...can never believe that the Commission will give to it any greater weight in a transaction affecting the Chief Magistracy of the nation. But the gentlemen do not stop here. I put the further question to them: Supposing the canvassers were coerced by physical force, by pistols presented at their heads, to certify to the election of persons not chosen by the people, and the persons thus declared elected cast the vote of the State--was there no remedy f and the answer was the same as that given before. For any wrong, mistake, frand, or coercion in the action of the canvassers, say these gentlemen, the remedy mnst be applied before the electors have voted. The work of the electors is done when they have acted, and there is no power under existing law by which the wrong can be subsequently righted. The canvass of the votes in Florida was not completed until the morning of the day of the meeting of the electoral college, and within a few hours afterwards its vote was cast. To have corrected any mistake or frand during these hours, by any proceeding known to the law, would have been impossible. The position of these gentlemen is, therefore, that there is no remedy, however great the mistake or crime committed. If this be sonnd doctrine, if the representatives in Congress of forty-two millions of people possess no power to protect the country from the installation of a Chief Magistrate through mistake, frand, or force, we are the only self-governing people in the world held in hopeless bondage at the mercy of political jugglers and tricksters. This doctrine, which seems to me to be as unsound in law as it is shocking in morals, is supported upon the notion that if we are permitted to look behind the certificate of the governor, and of the canvassing board...show more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236529154
  • 9781236529152