Lex Salicia de suffragiis in comitiis populi tributis (Nova Roma)

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This lex has been REPEALED.

Approved by comitia populi tributa
Yes: 28 No: 7 Abs.: 0
a.d. VIII Kal. Dec. M. Octavio L. Sulla (II) cos. MMDCCLV a.u.c.

Preamble. Given that for some of the magistracies of the Res Publica, run-off elections have proved to be a frequent affair; and given that those run-off elections mean a serious waste of time and effort both for our magistrates and our citizenry, this law pursues to reduce the frequency of those run-off elections by increasing the number of votes cast by each citizen.

I. The Lex Vedia [Altera] de Ratione Comitiorum Populi Tributorum, paragraph IV.C is modified to read as follows:

"C. Each Citizen shall have the opportunity to cast a number of votes equal to one half of the number of vacancies within each magistracy, rounding fractions up. Citizens shall not be allowed to cast more than one vote for a single candidate. Citizens may cast a vote for a candidate not listed on the ballot, or may waive their right to cast a vote for a given magistracy. Once cast, no vote may be altered, even with the correct voter identification code. Should multiple votes be registered with the same voter identification code, only the first one recorded shall be used when tallying the vote."

II. The Lex Vedia [Altera] de Ratione Comitiorum Populi Tributorum, paragraph V.A.3 is modified to read as follows:

"3. Should a tie occur within a given tribe, the winner shall be the candidate who has received the vote of more tribes in total; if such shall not finally decide the issue, the winner shall be the candidate who is a paterfamilias or materfamilias. If this second disposition does not finally solve the issue, the winner shall be decided by lot. The custodes may decide how such decisions by lot shall be made in a fair manner."

[In accordance with the Lex Equitia de Vigintisexviris and praetorian edictum, the title "rogatores" in II. above has been changed to "custodes." The rogatores are no longer election officials; the diribitores count votes, and the custodes break ties and certify the elections].

[A. Tullia Scholastica, scriba praetoris et magistri araneari, 2758].

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