The Government of Minnesota by George Ole VirtueThe Government of Minnesota by George Ole Virtue

The Government of Minnesota

byGeorge Ole Virtue

Paperback | February 5, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. THE SELECTION OF PUBLIC OFFICERS. The Importance of Elections.--We have noted the way the people in the towns and school districts choose their officers. The process of selecting such officials is very simple. Neighbors come together and select a few of their number to serve them. These officers have very little discretion in the performance of their duties. The law or the meeting which chooses them directs them what to do. The voters in these meetings, therefore, in selecting their officers should think mainly of the fitness of the persons they choose for executing the laws and carrying out the expressed will of the meeting. The same is true generally of other administrative officers of the county and the State; though many of these officers have large discretionary powers which may be used for carrying out one policy or another. In such cases the voter must think when casting his vote, not merely of the efficiency of the officer, but of the policy he is likely to pursue. The larger the discretionary power of the officer the more important is the question of the policy he stands for. Thus, the county board has more discretionary authority than the register of deeds; and hence it is of more importance to a voter to know what plans a commissioner proposes to carry out than to know the plans of the register. For the same reason it is of great importance to know what the attitude of the members of the railroad and warehouse commission is toward the control of railroads, or of the attorney-general toward the enforcement of law; while, on the other hand, it is of very little consequence what the policy of the treasurer is. For the same reason, too, because of his great power to control the policy of the State in many different directions, the voter...
Title:The Government of MinnesotaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217081002

ISBN - 13:9780217081009