Nothing can be more evident, than that an exclusive power of regulating elections for the national government, in the hands of the State legislatures, would leave the existence of the Union entirely at their mercy.
Suppose an article had been introduced into the Constitution, empowering the United States to regulate the elections for the particular States, would any man have hesitated to condemn it, both as an unwarrantable transposition of power, and as a premeditated engine for the destruction of the State governments?
As an objection to this position, it may be remarked that the constitution of the national Senate would involve, in its full extent, the danger which it is suggested might flow from an exclusive power in the State legislatures to regulate the federal elections.
On the morning after the election Captain Jim dropped in at the little house to tell the news.
He was up in Carter Flagg's store at the Glen the night after election day, along with a crowd of others, waiting for the news.
Such are the reasons which have led me to think that the principle of popular election is a most fatal one for modern governments.
If you look at society as a whole from this point of view, you will soon see, as I do, that the privilege of election ought only to be exercised by men who possess wealth, power, or intelligence, and you will likewise see that the action of the deputies they may choose to represent them should be considerably restricted.
The night afore the last day o' the last election here, the opposite party bribed the barmaid at the Town Arms, to hocus the brandy-and-water of fourteen unpolled electors as was a-stoppin' in the house.
Blessed if she didn't send 'em all to sleep till twelve hours arter the election was over.
Not half so strange as a miraculous circumstance as happened to my own father, at an election time, in this wery place, Sir,' replied Sam.
These elections were attracting public attention from several circumstances connected with them, and also from the people taking part in them.
And he set off for the elections without appealing to her for a candid explanation.