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TALLIES, evidence. The parts of a piece of wood out in two, which persons use to denote the quantity of goods supplied by one to the other. Poth. Obl. pt. 4, c. 1, art. 2, Sec. 7.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Don't you want to slip up to Wouverman's office and take him our tallies?"
The qualified negative of the President differs widely from this absolute negative of the British sovereign; and tallies exactly with the revisionary authority of the council of revision of this State, of which the governor is a constituent part.
On the day that you take up your command, block the frontier passes, destroy the official tallies, and stop the passage of all emissaries.
Since witnesses from all sides walk away with signed copies of the tallies at each voting centre, the government can't cheat without leaving a trail of evidence making it obvious that the government has done so.