Title. AN ACT to Secure Free Elections.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, in General Assembly met:

SECTION 1. That if any person, or corporation existing or doing business in this State, shall hinder, control, coerce or intimidate, or shall attempt to hinder, control, or coerce, or intimidate any qualified elector of this State from or in the exercise of his right to vote at any general, special or municipal election held under the laws of this State by Means of bribery, or by threats of depriving such elector of employment or occupation, absolutely or contingently, directly or indirectly; every such person or corporation so offending shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall forfeit and pay to the State of Delaware a fine of not less than five hundred nor more than two thousand dollars or be imprisoned (if a natural person) not more than one year or both in the discretion of the court. And every elector so aggrieved may also, in an action of debt brought for that purpose, sue for and recover from the person or corporation so offending as aforesaid, the sum of five hundred dollars.

SECTION 2. That in all trials under the provisions of the foregoing section, the act or acts of any officer of a corporation so far as they affect or concern any employee or servant of such corporation, shall be taken and held to be the act or acts of the corporation, whether general or special authority as to such act or acts from the corporation, to such officer be shown or not.

But nothing herein contained shall be construed to relieve any officer of a corporation from individual liability under the provisions of this act.

Passed at Dover, April 8, 1881.