FORTYJTOURTH CONGRESS. Sess. II. Ch. 36, 37. 1877. 227 advance such parts of the sum above appropriated to the Sergeantat- Arms of the Senate as the chairman of said committee shall in writing direct, for the purposes aforesaid; and the Sergeant-at-Arms shall, as soon as practicable, make a detailed report of the expenditures thereof, R QP °¥* of °X· with proper vouchers, which, when so made, shall be received by said p°"d‘°""”‘ disbursing officer, and returned with his accounts to the proper officer of the Treasury Department. MISCELLANEOUS. To provide for a deficiency in the contingent expenses of the Depart- Contingent orment of Justice arising from omissions in enrolling act of last session I><>¤S¤¤D¤P¤F*m<·>¤* “making appropriations for the legislative, executive, and judicial ex- "f J““‘°°‘ penses of the Government for the year ending June 30, 1377, and other purposes " eleven thousand dollars to be disbursed under the Attorney General. For transportation of notes, bonds, and other securities of the United Transportation States, being a deiiciency for the current iiscal year, forty thousand of Securitiesdollars. For the purchase of coal and labels for the Botanical Garden, five Botanical Garhundred dollars. dw- Approved, January 26, 1877. CHAP. 37.-An act to provide for and regulate the. counting of votes for President Jan. 29, 1877. and Vice-President, and the decision of questions arising thereon, for the term com- ··-·—·······—"" mencing March fourth, anno Domini eighteen hundred and seventy-seven Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United _ States of Amcwea in Congress assembled, That the Senate and House of foC‘;‘};g°‘Q,E m"°*fs Representatives shall meet in the hall of the Honsc of Representatives, V;,0_p,;,d;,,,_m at the hour of one o’c1ock post meridian, on the first Thursday in Feb- Meeting. ruary, anno Domini eighteen hundred and seventy-seven; and the Pres- Presiding officer. ident of the Senate shall be their presiding officer. Two tellers shall be T¤H*>P¤· previously appointed on the part of the Senate, and two on the part of the House of Representatives, to whom shall be handed, as they are _ opened by the President of the Senate, all the certificates, and papers O E t purporting to be' certificates, of the electoral votes, which certificates ing $$,80 °°°" ` and papers shall be opened, presented, and acted upon in the alphabet- ` ical order of the States, beginning with the letter A; and said tellers Duties of tellers. having then read the same in the presence and hearing of the two houses, shall make a list of the votes as they shall appear from the said certificates ; alid the votes having been ascertained and counted as in this act provided, the result of the same shall be delivered to the I?resident.ol‘ the Senate, who shall thereupon announce the state of the Announcement vote, and the names ol' the persons, if any, elected, which announce- <>f Vomment shall be deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons elected President and Vice-President of the United States, and, together with a list of the votes, be entered on the journals of the two houses. Upon such reading of any such certificate or paper when there shall be only _ one return from a State, the President of the Senate shall call for objections, if any.- Every objection shall be made in writing, and shall 0l>j<><>*¤i¤¤¤i¤ state clearly and concisely, and without argument, the ground thereof, $gf;°(ff°“° '°°““‘> and shall be signed by at least one Senator and one member of the ' House of Representatives before the same shall be received. \’Vhen all _ objections so made to any vote or paper from a State shall have been 0bi2;’gg%‘;‘“g“ °“ received and read, the Senate shall thereupon withdraw, and such ob- J ' jections shall be submitted to the Senate for its decision; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall, in like manner, submit such objections to the House of Representatives for its decision ; and no electoral vote or votes from any State from which but one return has
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