after stating the case: In Commissioners v. Webb, 148 N. C., 120, the Court held: “The decisions of this State sanction the position that the costs of maintaining the streets to the extent and in the manner required for the well ordering and good government of a town is a necessary expense, and that an indebtedness incurred for such a purpose does not come under the prohibition of section 7, Article YU, of the Constitution, which forbids a municipality to contract a debt, pledge its faith' or loan its credit, etc., except for the necessary expenses thereof, without a vote of the people. Fawcett v. Mt. Airy, 134 N. C., 125; 45 S. E., 1029; 63 L. R. A., 870; 101 Am. St. Rep., 825.”
And this being true, the question presented will be determined chiefly by the construction and effect of the statutes applicable to the case. And in reference to the manner of holding municipal elections, canvassing the returns and declaring the result, etc., the general law as to municipal elections (Revisal, sec. 2944) provides: “That all elections held in any city or town shall be held under the following rules and regulations, except in the cities of Charlotte and Fayetteville and the town of Shelby, N. C., and in certain enumerated counties,” the town of Hendersonville not being included in the exception. This general law, therefore (Revisal, Title VII — Election, etc.), and the charter of the town, as contained in Private Laws 1901, ch. 97, when it is not inconsistent with the general law, contain the statutory regulations controlling the matter. Wharton v. Greensboro, 146 N. C., 356. Referring, then, to these provisions of the statute, it appears that this election was properly held finder the charge and supervision of a registrar and two judges instead of three, and that the registrar is not required to be a freeholder. Eevisal, sec. 2958. This is certainly a correct position as -to the *38number of judges, and if it were otherwise as to the qualification of this registrar the objection at most is only an irregularity; and in the absence of any claim or evidence that substantial harm has come of it the authorities are to the effect that such an exception should not be allowed to invalidate or affect the result. DeBerry v. Nicholson, 102 N. C., 465; Sanders v. Lacks, 142 Mo., 255. And as to the place where the election was held, the general law (section 2946) clearly contemplates that the polling place should be fixed by the governing authorities of the city or town; and while these places are, as a rule, of the substance (McCrary on Elections, sec. 141) and should be established and fully advertised, the facts indicate and the judgment embodies a declaration that the place was designated and fixed by the commissioners, to-wit, at the town ball, a public place in the town, and was fully advertised as required by law.
On the remaining objection urged to the validity of this contemplated bond issue, that a majority of the qualified voters of the town was required, the charter provides expressly in reference to this election that the result shall be determined by “a majority of those voting on the proposition”; and the issue being for a necessary expense of the town, and not within the constitutional restrictions as to municipal indebtedness, the statute law, as stated, controls the question (Commissioners v. Webb, supra, and authorities cited) ; and a clear majority of those voting having approved the measure, the necessary authority for the issue has been established.
The testimony shows, and the finding of the court declares, “that the suggestion of illegal votes does not amount to enough to change the result of the election, provided only a majority of those voting is required to approve the proposition submitted.” And, further, “There is no suggestion of any fraud in the election or in counting and reporting the votes or in declaring the result,” etc. It is well established with us that “the results of an election will not be disturbed because of illegal votes received or legal .votes tendered and refused, unless that number be such that the connection would show a majority for the contesting party” (Deloatch v. Rogers, 86 N. C., 357), and this is the generally” accepted doctrine. People v. Cicott, 16 Mich., 283.
*39There is therefore no valid objection shown or suggested to the validity of the bonds offered to defendant, and the judgment below is