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SECTION 175-A
Registration for voters
Town (TWN) CHAPTER 62, ARTICLE 11
§ 175-a. Registration for voters. 1. The board of fire commissioners
of any fire district may provide by resolution, that a proposition be
submitted at any annual fire district election providing that additional
personal registration of voters not registered with the board of
elections shall be permitted for all elections in such fire district.
Such additional personal registration may be terminated by a resolution
of the board of fire commissioners and the passage of a proposition at
any annual fire district election.

2. Registration for all fire district elections shall be conducted as
follows:

(a) Only those persons registered with the board of elections on or
before the twenty-third day before such election and those persons whose
names are placed on the fire district register pursuant to the
provisions of this section shall be entitled to vote in such district.

(b) In fire districts in which there is additional personal
registration, the board of fire commissioners shall publish a resolution
at least twenty-seven days prior to election day, which shall designate
the dates prior to registration day on which the inspectors of election
shall meet to commence the preparation of the register; the place in
each fire district where such meetings, registration, if any, and
election shall be held; the hours for such meetings, registration, if
any, and election; but in no event shall the hours for registration be
less than the hours from six o'clock in the evening until nine o'clock
in the evening. Such resolution shall be adopted at least thirty days
prior to election day.

(c) In a fire district whose electors have approved additional
personal registration, such registration shall be held on the
seventeenth day prior to the annual fire district election, except in
those fire districts which provide by resolution adopted at least
thirty-seven days prior to the date of the first election for which it
shall be effective, for an additional day of registration to be held on
the nineteenth day prior to the annual fire district election. Such
resolution shall remain in effect for subsequent annual elections,
unless amended, modified or repealed.

3. The register for the annual fire district election shall be
prepared in each fire district by the inspectors of election thereof on
the days prior to registration day, if any, designated therefor, on the
registration day, if any, at the times and places designated by the
resolution of the board of fire commissioners. In preparing such
register, the inspectors of election shall comply with the following
procedure:

(a) They shall adopt, use or copy from, the registration list
certified and supplied by the county board of elections the names
appearing thereon of all persons residing in the fire district and
qualified to vote in such forthcoming annual fire district election and
in those instances in which additional persons are entitled to register
pursuant to this section, such register shall be completed by adding
thereto the names of the persons personally appearing before them and
providing to their satisfaction to then be or at the time of election
qualified to vote.

(b) The register for each fire district shall include as a minimum the
space for the name of the voter, his address within the fire district
and a space for his or her signature to be signed by the voter on
election day. Such register shall also contain a space for the signature
of the voter to be signed by such voter on registration day, if any. If
the register shall contain only space for the name, address and
signature of the voter, the fire district secretary shall furnish a
printed certificate to be signed by the voter who appears personally
before the inspectors of election on registration day if his name does
not already appear on the register. Such certificate shall contain a
statement that the person possesses all the necessary qualifications for
voting in fire district elections. Such certificate shall be accepted
for all purposes as the equivalent of an affidavit, and if it contains a
material false statement, shall subject the person signing it to the
same penalty as if he had been duly sworn, and such provision shall be
printed in bold type directly above the signature line of the
certificate.

4. The fire district secretary shall furnish the inspectors of
election, at fire district expense, with all necessary registration
books, papers, equipment and supplies.

5. Registration for special fire district elections shall be held in
the same manner as is provided herein for annual fire district
elections, and registration days therefor shall be the same as if said
special fire district election were the annual fire district election.

6. In lieu of the provisions for designating the chairman, election
inspectors and ballot clerks, as set forth in subdivision one of section
one hundred seventy-five of this chapter, the board of fire
commissioners shall, by resolution adopted at least forty days prior to
the annual fire district election, designate a resident fire district
elector to act as chairman of any election of said district and shall
designate not less than two nor more than four resident fire district
electors to act as election inspectors and ballot clerks in such
election. Such resolution shall fix the compensation of the chairman and
inspectors and, in addition, the board of fire commissioners may provide
for alternate inspectors who shall assume the office of inspector upon
the inability or refusal of an inspector to assume or perform his duties
and for any clerical help which they may deem necessary. Such clerical
help shall perform their duties under the direction and control of the
chairman and inspectors of election.