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ANNUAL REPORT



BOARD OF ELECTION
COMMISSIONERS



FOR THE



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CONTENTS,



PAGE

Listed Male Residents, May 1, 1906 2

Total Number of i»Iames (Men) on First Printed List, Augu^^t

1, 1906 3

Registered Male Yoters, State Primary, 1906 4

Democratic Votes Cast at State Primary, 1906.

For Representatives in Congress 6-7

For Councillor, Third District 8

For Senators 9

For Representatives in General Court 10-13

For State Committee 14

For Delegates to State Convention 15-21

For Delegates to Councillor Convention, Second District 22

For Delegates to Councillor Convention, Fourth District 23

For Delegates to County Convention 24-28

Number of Democratic Ballots cast 29

Republican Votes Cast at State Primary, 1906.

For Representatives in Congress 32, 33

For Councillor, Third District 34

For Senators 35, 36

For Representatives in General Court 37-39

For State Committee 40

For Delegates to State Convention 41-47

For Delegates to Councillor Convention, Second District 48

For Delegates to Councillor Convention, Fourth District. 49

For Delegates to County Convention 50-53

Number of Republican Ballots cast 54

Socialist Votes Cast at State Primary, 1906.

For Representatives in Congress 56

For Councillor, Third District 57

For Senators 58

For Representatives in General Court 59-61

For State Committee 62

For Delegates to State Convention 63, 64

For Delegates to Councillor Convention, Second District 65

For Delegates to Councillor Convention, Fourth District 65

For Delegates to County Convention 66, 67

Number of Socialist Ballots cast 68

Registered Male Voters, State Election, 1906 70

Votes Cast at State Election, 1906.

For Governor 71-83

For Lieutenant-Governor 84-90

For Secretary 91

For Treasiirer and Receiver-General 91

For Auditor 91

For Attorney-General 92



iv City Document No. 16.



PAGE

For Representatives in Congress 93-101

For Councillors 102-104

For Senators 105-115

For Representatives in General Court 116-127

For Clerk of Supreme Judicial Court 128

For Clerk of Superior Court, Civil Session 129

For Clerk of Superior Court, Criminal Session 130

For Register of Deeds 131

Number of Men Registered who "Voted, State Election, 1906 132

Registered Male Voters, City Primary, 1906 134

Democratic Votes Cast at City Primary, 1906.

For Street Commissioner 135

For Aldermen 136, 137

For Common Council 138-141

For Ward Committees 142-148

For Delegates to City Convention 149-154

Number of Democratic Ballots cast 155

Republican Votes Cast at City Primary, 1906.

For Stfeet Commissioner 158

For Aldermen 159, 160

For Common Council 161-163

For Ward Committees 164-168

For Delegates to City Convention 169-173

Number of Republican Ballots cast 174

Socialist Votes Cast at City Primary, 1906.

For Street Commissioner 176

For Aldermen 177

For Common Council 178, 179

For Ward Committees 180-182

For Delegates to City Convention 183, 184

Number of Socialist Ballots cast 185

Registered Male Voters, City Election, 1906 188

Total Number of Names of Women on First Printed List, 1906, 189

Registered Female Voters, City Election, 1906 190

Votes Cast at City Election, 1906.

For Street Commissioner 191-195

For Aldermen 196-221

For Common Council 222-234

For School Committee 235-239

On the question: Shall Licenses be Granted for the Sale of

Intoxicating Liquors in this City ? 240-24

On the question: Shall Chapter 395 of the Acts of 1906, entitled
" An Act to Extend the Time in which Intoxicating Liquors
may be Sold by Innholders in the City of Boston," be
Accepted ? 24^



Number of Men Registerer". who Voted at City Election, 1906. . 245
Number of Women Registered who Voted for School Committee

at City Election, 1906 246

Inventory of Property Belonging to the Election Department.. 247



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Boston, February 19, 1907,

Hon. John F. Fitzgerald,

Mayor of the City of Boston :

Sir, — In compliance with section 24 of chapter 3 of the
Revised Ordinances, the Board of Election Commissioners
respectfully submits its report for the year 1906.

Number of Voters.

At the city election in 1905 the number of male voters on
the list was 113,788. The number of such voters on the
first list published by the Board in August, 1906, was
101,888. From that time to the close of registration for the
city election there were added the names of 11,319 male
voters. In revising the voting list, after the publication of
the voting list in August, 675 names were dropped on
account of death, removal or other causes. The number of
male voters on the final list sent to the polls on the day of the
city election, 1906, was 112,532, a decrease of 1,256 from
the list of the preceding year.

In 1905 there were 15,655 female voters registered for
the city election. In 1906 their number was 14,628, a
decrease of 1,027. The total decrease of male and female
voters from the preceding year was 2,283.

Legislation of 1906.

The following chapters of the Acts of 1 906 contain the
changes in and amendments to the election law :

Chapter 76 extends the term of office of Registrars of
Deeds from three to five years.



vi City Document No. 16.

Chapter 291, section 18, vests in a listing board, composed
of the Police Commissioner of Boston and one member of
the Boston Board of Election Commissioners, the duties
heretofore imposed upon the Board of Police of Boston rela-
tive to the listing of male residents and female voters.

Chapter 298 provides for the compensation of the Com-
missioners elected to apportion Suffolk County into repre-
sentative districts and more clearly defines the duties of said
Commissioners.

Chapter 311 amended the law relative to the location of
polling places, and provided that in a city or town which is
divided into voting precincts voting booths may be placed in
the highways of such city or town provided such highways
are left reasonably safe and convenieiit for public travel.

Chapter 395 provided for the extension of the time in
which intoxicating liquors may be sold by certain innholders
in the City of Boston, the act to take effect upon its accept-
ance by a majority of the voters of the City of Boston voting
thereon at the city election of 1906. This act was so
accepted and is now law.

Chapter 444 is an omnibus act amending, among other
matters, the law relative to polling places to be provided for
a caucus and containing provisions relative to the appoint-
ment of officers for the first caucus under the Boston caucus
act.

Section 4 amended the law relative to the nomination of
independent candidates by providing that a nomination paper
for such candidates, excepting offices to be filled by all the
voters of the Commonwealth where the requirements remain
the same, to wit, 1,000 signers, shall be signed in the aggre-
gate for each candidate by two voters instead of one voter
for every one hundred votes cast for governor at the preced-
ing annual state election in the electoral district or division
in which the officers are to be elected, but in no case by less
than fifty qualified voters.

Section 5 provided that every voter who signs such nom-
ination paper shall add not only his residence on the previous
first day of May, but the place where he is then living, with
the street and number thereof, if any.

Section 6 of said act amends the law relative to voting
precincts and their designation.

Section 7 provides that a copy of the descriptive voting
list shall be furnished by this Board at each primary and
election to the warden in charge of each polling place for the
use of the police officer in each polling place, and that said



Election Department. vii

list shall not be removed from the polling place and shall
be returned to the warden immediately after the close of
the polls, who shall immediately transmit the same to this
Board.

Section 8 provides that a voter after marking his ballot
shall give his name, and, if requested, his residence to one of
the officers in charge of the ballot-box, who shall distinctly
announce the same. If the name is found on the voting list
by the election officer he shall distinctly repeat the name and,
in Boston, the height, and check the name upon the voting
list. The voter may then deposit his ballot in the ballot-box
with the official endorsement uppermost and in sight.

Section 9 amends the law relative to the tabulation of
caucus returns.

Section 10 confines the removal of ballots from the ballot-
box for the purpose of counting same before the polls close
to towns.

Section 11 provides that at a recount of votes cast at
elections each candidate, or person representing the peti-
tioners, shall be allowed to be present and witness such
recount either in person, accompanied with counsel if he so
desires, or by an agent appointed by him in writing, and that
in the case of a recount of ballots upon a question submitted
to the voters one representative of any committee organized
to favor or oppose a question so submitted shall be permitted to
be present and witness the recount.

Section 12 provides that in listing of male residents pau-
pers of public institutions shall not be included.

Section 13 amends the law relative to penalty on public
officers, caucus officers or election officers or an officer or a
member of a political committee or political convention upon
whom a duty is imposed by law by providing that such
penalty may be either fine or imprisonment, and not imprison-
ment exclusively as before.

In connection with the change of law relative to the nom-
ination of independent candidates we desire to call attention
to this anomaly : under the law as it now stands one thousand
voters may nominate a candidate for any office to be filled by
all the voters of the Commonwealth, such as Governor,
Lieutenant-Governor, etc., while 1,788 voters were required to
.nominate an independent candidate for the Board of Aldermen
in the Cit}^ of Boston, at the last city election.

In our last report we stated that the time was ripe for a
simplification and revision of the election laws, and we have
not changed that opinion.



viii City Document No. 16.



Jurors.

In accordance with chapter 176 of the Revised Laws the
Board has prepared a list of the inhabitants of the City of
Boston liable to serve as jurors. Following our custom we
have made a thorough investigation of the names provision-
ally selected. We have examined the records of the bureau
of criminal investigation of the police department and also
the records of the various municipal and district courts for
the purpose of excluding from the jury list all persons com-
ing to our notice who have criminal records. For this
purpose we have used our entire office force, and can say
that this work has been done honestly and carefully as results
have shown. The jury list, as finally selected, contains men
of different callings, qualified to serve, who have been
selected in an impartial manner from every ward in the city.
One of the means to attain this result has been the posting
of a sign in the office of the Board to the effect that the
Board has voted that no application for jury service would be
received, and no such applications were received..

Complaints of Illegal Registration.
There were no such complaints.

Boston Ballot Law Commission.
The Board, sitting with Chief Justice Wilfred Bolster, as
the Boston Ballot Law Commission, passed upon all matters
relative to objections and questions arising in cases of nomi-
nation papers of candidates for office, the papers in connec-
tion with which, with the result of our findings, are on file in
the office of the Board.

Voting Machines.

The Board on Voting and Counting Machines, consisting
of the Mayor of Boston and the Board of Election Com-
missioners, met and organized by the choice of His Honor the
Mayor as Chairman, and Melancthon W. Burlen as Secretary.

This Board, in accordance with its power to determine upon, ,
purchase and oider the use of voting and counting machines,
purchased two Dean voting machines. The Election Com-
missioners under the law voted that the machines so purchased
should be used in precinct 6 of Ward 7 and precinct 6 of



Election Department. ix

Ward 10 at the city election, and such machines were so
used. The machines were capable of taking care of about
260 voters, and these precincts, consisting of a Republican
and a Democratic precinct, were selected with that in mind.
From reports of the election officers, and from such views of
the voters in those precincts as we have been able to gather,
the working of these machines were in the main satisfactory.

Before voting machines are purchased for use of the entire
city, several matters in connection therewith should receive
serious consideration : First, the law in reference to the
legality of their use at election of representatives to the
General Court, about which, according to the last opinion of
the [Supreme Court on the subject, there is some doubt,
should be absolutely settled. Second, if the legality of their
use is settled favorably, the statute relative to voting by
machine must be revised. Third, their adaptability for use at
primaries must be proved, for it would be confusing as well as
expensive to have different methods of conducting primaries
and elections. Fourth, the cost of equipping the entire city
with such machines is of importance, the exact amount of
which at the present time is problematical. Fifth, the cost
of storage, maintenance and employment of skilled mechanics
to prepare such machines for use must be considered.

In our opinion the main and great results obtained by the
use of voting machines are accuracy and rapidity in election
retuins, in connection with which we would say that within
fifteen minutes after the close of the polls the returns of the
votes were publicly announced at the polling places. Such
machines make it impossible to cast a defective ballot and
their use tends to reduce the possibility of fraud. Con-
sequently they would reduce recounts and the cost thereof to
a minimum.

In conclusion, we say that, after the legal questions are out
of the way, the matter of their adoption and purchase is not
one that can be hastily settled, but must be examined delib-
erately from all view-points before final decision.



Membership of the Board.

The term of John M. Minton, Esq., expired April 30,
1906. He was reappointed for the term of four years end-
ing April 30, 1910, assumed the duties of his office May 1,
1906, and was designated hj the Mayor as chairman and
member of the listing Board.



City Document No. 16.



Expenses of the Department.

The amount provided for this department for the year
ending January 31, 1907, was $168,000 ; there was expended
during that period $168,685.57, as detailed below:



$4,000 00
3,500 00
3,500 00
3,500 00



Salaries, Commissioners :
John M. Minton, Chairman
Melanethon W. Bm'Ien
David B. Shaw
Alpheus Sanford



Assistant Registrars



$14,500 00
41,682 34



Election officers .......

Printing voting lists and ballots for primaries and

elections, nomination papers, office blanks, etc..
Repairing, fitting up and placing precinct poUing

places ........

Carting ........

Carriage-hire and travelling expenses, primaries

and elections .......

Rent of storehouse and lots for booths and land

for location of polling places, primaries and

elections ......

Janitors for polling and registration places

Fuel, gas and electric light, including lighting of

polling booths while on streets
Stationery ....
Advertising
Refreshments for employees, police officers and

hackman, primaries and elections
Voting machines .
Office expenses and small items
Boards and posting
Telephone service
Repairs on ballot-boxes
Constable service
Travelling expenses to other cities, investigating

the conduct of primaries and elections



$56,182 34
40,212 00

36,149 16

11,367 99
4,887 35

3,833 35



3,040


00


2,745


00


2,664


23


1,999


50


1,750


76


1,020


80


1,000


00


593


15


288


75


285


44


94


25


. ' 71


50



500 00



.68,685 57



Estimate for the Ensuing Year.

In commmnication to your Honor, under date of Decem-
ber 26, 1906, we submitted our estimate of the expenses for
the ensuing year, giving an itemized statement of the same,



Election Department. xi

and our judgment that the sum of $177,475 would be
necessary to meet the ordmary current expenses of the
department.

Election Statistics.

The following pages show in tabulated form the number
of persons listed, registered male and female voters, and the
votes cast in Boston at the state and city primaries, and the
state and city elections.

Inventory.

An inventory of the property of the department is also
included in the following pages.

RespectfuU}'- submitted,

John M. Minton,
Melancthon W. Bxjrlen,
David B. Shaw,
Alpheus Sanford,
Board of Election Commissioners.



TABULATED STATEMENT OF THE NUMBER
OF LISTED MALE RESIDENTS, REGISTERED
MALE AND FEMALE VOTERS AND PERSONS
WHO VOTED IN EACH VOTING PRECINCT,
TOGETHER WITH THE NUMBER OF VOTES
CAST FOR EACH CANDIDATE AT THE

STATE PRIMARY SEPTEMBER 25,

STATE ELECTION NOVEMBER 6,

CITY PRIMARY NOVEMBER 15,

CITY ELECTION DECEMBER 11,

1906.



City Document No. 16.



Male Residents, May 1, 1906, as Returned by Listing Board.





Precincts.




Wards.


1.


2.


3.


4.


6.


6.


7.


8.


9.


10.


11.


12.


Totals.


1


649

898

627

608

755

l,.'i78

744

1,683

1,641

929

1,269

1,371

932

1,101

569

596

944

1,060

1,167

1,343

888

1,182

493

880

1,195


616

724

708

677

828

1,751

1,136

2,317

1,461

979

1,157

1,043

903

866

872

1,084

651

1,221

746

1,321

772

1,268

862

835

992


875

862

668

810

751

1,645

1,319

1,293

1,140

922

1,056

919

978

589

831

1,230

706

1,211

974

1,262

775

834

834

813

787


860

744

847

674

501

2,146

1,096

1,832

1,266

918

858

1,822

848

723

643

1,064

971

1,394

888

1,159

767

1,221

1,056

753

1,055


848

760

856

648

785

2,202

1,000

1,917

1,521

739

489

1,184

949

947

677

960

676

1,014

781

1,285

885

1,216

1,205

746

792


1,026
743
598
704
734
876
926

1,772

1,100

1,061
402

1,513
792
751
654
834
631

1,281
946

1,235
667
804

1,066
681

1,230


1,038
1,237


979

1,487


652








7,.543


2








7,455


3










4,304
4,121


4.














6














4,354


6


1,816


1,294










14,308


7










6,221
10,814


8














9


847
1,278
565
966
819
888
936
1,072
946












8,976


10


1,492
472


1,013
1,012









9,331


11








7,280


12








8,318


18


799

1,050

742










7,020
6,915


14










15










5,924


16










6,840


17


1,246


820








7,591


18 ...








7,181


19


892
1,033

888
889
757
782
865


953
1,074

569
1,130

771
724


1,018

1,386

659


1,231
627


900
443


507


8,365


20


13,229


21.

22


8,447
8,544


23


554
994








7,598


24


830


754


834


9,626


26 ..


6,916
















Total.




196,221
























1





Election Department.



Total Number of Names (Men) on First Printed List, August I, 1906.



Wards.



Precincts.



1, 2. 3. 4. 6. 6. 7



9. 10. 11. 12



Totals.



1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25..



360
444
446
424
426
238
163
517
563
313
515
586
386
586
325
401
411
577
638
839
526
752
338
528
701



367
299
519
370
551
360
276.
557
566
337
398
473
364
546
551
655
399
523
407
857
466
734
589
497
573



582
402
493
476
406
338
374
459
363
281
472
382
363
422
516
797
405
560
574
796
512
504
525



545
402
575
391
273
374
297
650
554
317
471
543
410
460
427
651
573
658
523
769
519
743
649
552



538
370
581
379
450
388
395
532
496
260
323
462
473
599
488
626
380
549
389
873
531
715
810
522



537
439
412
314
364
255
290
659
417
393
230
636
381
468
452
547
337
705
538
877
455
571
768
477
752



646
620



372



447
622
356
470
470
563
643
678
491



619
658
575
531
572
541
591



651

54e



368



709
357



526
614



462
659
504



537



615
763
402
663
594
470



552
927
475



901
375



368
577



524



523
330



529



342



537



4,594
3,522
3,026
2,S54
2,470
2,594
1,795
3,374
3,406
3,758
3,736
3,552
3,309
4,303
3,906
4,355
4 229
3,572
4,855
8,783
5,508
5,213
5,213
6,253
4,208



Grand Total.



101,888



City Document No. 16.



Registered Male Voters, State Primary, 1906.



Wabus.


Pkecincts.


Totals.


1.


2.


3.


4.


6.


6.


7.


8.


».


10.


11.


12.


1


367
458
455
432
440
276
176
569
587
321
542
626
399
601
335
412
436
593
662
897
538
764
339
553
730


373

312
531

377
578
409
312
641
598
360
419
509
383
559
569
685
420
557
420
910
473
757
590
505
780


593
422
504
486
419
383
417
544
383
306
492
399
384
432
525
831
415
577
598
841
519
511
533
518
533


555
414
590
412
289
437
344
704
582
348
495
583
436
473
448
668
602
695
548
792
527
757
658
569
512


547
379
601
394
473
470
431
574
545
295
327
484
496
612
502
639
409
602
413
904
540
728
822
534
606


548
452
421
340
372
311
331
709
444
438
244
659
393
486
468
556
356
751
554
921
465
584
775
489
806


654
631


671

578


378








4,686


2 ....








3,646
3,102
2,441
2,571
3,005
2 011


3










4














6














6.


417


302










7










8














3,741
3,612


9


473
699
372
489
490
586
660
707
527












10


779
372


577
650








4,123
3 913


11

12














3,749
3,470

4,428


18


489
679
511










14










16










4,018


16










4,498


17


722


562








4,449


18








3,775


19


638
703
587
536
581
567
610


638
801
408
676
596
476


576
978
483








5,047
9,245


20


949
389


549
337


348


21


.5,614


22


5,313
5,270


23


376
606








24


536


541


557


6,451


25 ...


4,577


















106,755

























DEMOCRATIC VOTES CAST AT
STATE PRIMARY.



City Document No. 16.



Democratic Votes Cast at State Primary, 1906.

FOB REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS.

Ninth District.
[The balance of this District compriBes Winthrop.l



Wards.


K
W

w
o

h5


All others.


1


600
1,876

i,n3

942
832
931
811
1,824
1,529
.337




2




3


3


4-


2


5




6




7




8




9


1


12








Totals


10,855


6









Tenth District.
[The balance of this District comprises Milton and Quincy.]











*










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h)




w

H


<


•<


Izi ■

Iz;
o




^


o

1-q


«


o


Wards.


o




o




m


1-4


§


^




o











»





o


O




O


H


1-5


>-i


13


18


1,404


19


813


14


21
23

28
19
25
24


1,498

1,366

834

1,033

940

561


35
33
14
15

8

7


842


15


859


16


1,050


17


1,184


20


1,827


24


1,205






Totals


158


7,636


131


7,780







* Nominated.



Election Department.

Democratic Votes Cast at State Primary, 1906.

FOR REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS.



Eleventh District.







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Totals


6,831


3







* Nominated.



City Document No. 16.

Democratic Votes Cast at State Primary, 1906.

FOR COUNCILLOR.



Third District.
[The balance of this District comprises Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Cambridge.



Wards.


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