The Election Day

November 7, 1870


In a message from the current major of Richmond, the citizens are informed of the armed police force that will be present, as well as the ban on alcohol sales during the election.


Although there is no reason to apprehend riotous disturbances on the day of election, yet it has been deemed proper to adopt measures which shall insure the public peace and good order on that day. A large police force has, therefore, been ordered on duty at the polls, instructed to see that every citizen, without regard to his party relations, is protected in the exercise of the right of suffrage. A large force will also be held in reserve under arms at the first, second, and third police stations, prepared to proceed at a moment's notice to any point where their services may be required. Citizens are requested to cooperate with the authorities in maintaining the public peace. The attention of all persons therein referred to is called to the following section of the Virginia general election law, approved May 11, 1870: "All bar-rooms, saloons, and other places for the sale of intoxicating liquors, situated in the county, corporation, or district in which an election is held, shall be closed from sunset on the day previous to that on which any election under this act is begun until sunrise of the day after such election is concluded; and during that time the sale of distribution of all intoxicating liquors in the county, corporation, or district in which an election is held Is prohibited. And any person violating this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, if convicted, punished by a tine not exceeding one thousand dollars and by imprisonment in jail not more than one year. H. K. Ellyson, Mayor
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