Jacob Francis is nominated for the Legislative Assembly

Four candidates contended for two vacant Legislative Assembly seats in Victoria in an 1861 by-election.
Joseph Trutch came in second in voting and Jacob Francis was third. There was public debate and support for Francis’s claim to the seat, in that Trutch was absent from the colony when the election was called and could not take the required oath of allegiance. Francis’s petition failed, and Trutch’s election stood.