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though they be only directory in nature, were so substantial and so numerous that doubt and suspicion were cast upon the election and the integrity of the voter therefrom was impeached, that the vote of the precinct was void, and the votes cast therat were properly rejected. Id. It is the general rule that, before an election is held, statutory provisions regulating the conduct of the election will usually be treated as mandatory and their observance may be insisted upon and enforced. In Re Order of Sammons, 242 Minn. 345, 65 N.W. 2d 198 (1954). Where elections are fairly and honestly conducted without fraud or illegal voting, they will not be set aside for mere irregularities. State ex rel. Burnquist v. Independent Consolidated Sch. District No. 46, 242 Minn. 320, 65 N.W. 2d 117 (1954). Where defects in election documents or procedure go to jurisdiction to hold election, or where defects and irregularities therein are so material that qualified voters are deprived of fair opportunity to vote therat, election proceedings will be held invalid and election results nullified. Id.
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