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Gratiot County Michigan

Gratiot County

Finally it was agreed that all present should be members. The members then organized by electing Francis Nelson, of Arcada, chairman, and Elijah Porter, of Pine River, secretary. Upon examination of the returns from the several townships it was found that several were slightly defective in form, and in conformity to the wishes of some present, who were not satisfied with the then known result of the election, those towns giving the largest majorities for the sheriff and treasurer elect were thrown out, which, if allowed, would materially change the election and give the offices to other parties. Among the returns of towns thrown out were those of Arcada. The chairman, supervisor of that town, very appropriately followed his returns, and left the chair vacant. There was a dilemma they had not anticipated. However, another member, Hiram Burges, was called to the chair and the canvass proceeded, and resulted in the declaration of the election of officers, not in accordance with the expressed wish of the people by their votes.

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