House again in committee on Bill (No. 3) to amend the Dominion Elections Act.
On section 2,
2. The Dominion Elections Act, 1900, is amended by inserting the following immediately after section 9 :-
9a. Any person who does not vote at an election at which he is qualified to vote shall be disfranchised for a term of six years from the date of such election.
2. No person shall, however, be disfranchised if he has been prevented from voting by illness or by absence from the electoral district, if he did not absent himself therefrom in order that he might avoid voting, or if more than one election was being held at the same time and such person voted in some other electoral district where he was qualified to vote : Provided always that a judge of any court of record, upon being satisfied that any person entitled to vote had any other good and sufficient reason for not voting, may grant such person a certificate of enfranchisement annulling the disenfranchisement, which certificate may he in the form KK.
3. Any person who, while disfranchised under the provisions of this section, votes or attempts to vote in any electoral district, shall be guilty of an indictable offence and shall be liable to a fine of not less than one hundred dollars and costs and not exceeding two hundred dollars and costs, or, in default of payment of such fine and costs,^ to imprisonment for any term not exceeding six months and not less than three months, with or without hard labour.