Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Springfield, Nov. 1, 1852.

A leading article in the Daily Register of this morning has induced some of our friends to request our opinion on the election laws, as applicable to challenged votes. We have examined the present Constitution of the State, the election law of 1849, and the unrepealed parts of the election law in the Revised code of 1848; and we are of opinion that any person taking the oath prescribed in the act of 1849, is entitled to vote, unless counter proof be made, satisfying a majority of the Judges that such oath is untrue, and that for the purpose of obtaining such counter proof, the proposed voter may be asked questions in the way of cross-examination, and other independent testimony may be received. We base our opinion as to receiving counter proof, upon the unrepealed Section Nineteen of the election Law in the Revised code. A. LINCOLN,

B. S. EDWARDS,

S. T. LOGAN.

I concur in the foregoing opinion,

S. H. TREAT.