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Section 11-46-32

Election supplies.

(a) The mayor or other chief executive officer of the municipality shall at the expense of the municipality procure and superintend and insure the delivery to the election officers at each polling place within the corporate limits of the municipality of the necessary election supplies and shall also procure and deliver or cause to be delivered to the municipal clerk a sufficient number of the absentee ballots and the envelopes therefor prescribed by general laws and other supplies needed for the handling of absentee ballots in such election in the manner prescribed by general law. In the event the municipal clerk is a candidate in the election, he or she shall immediately upon receipt of the absentee ballots and other supplies deliver the same to the person appointed pursuant to Section 11-46-55 to act in his or her stead.

(b) When paper ballots are used, such supplies shall consist of: At least 100 ballots for each 50 registered electors at each voting place; the same number of black seals, two inches square, around the outer edge of which is a mucilaginous surface one-fourth inch wide, so designed that a seal may be placed securely over the square bearing the ballot number in such manner that it will make it impossible to read such number without removing the seal yet such seal may be removed without obliterating the number; ballot boxes; blank poll lists; three or more cards of instructions to voters for each ward or voting district, which shall be printed in large clear type and shall contain full instructions to electors as to what should be done, first, to obtain ballots for voting, second, to prepare the ballot for deposit in the ballot box, third, to obtain a new ballot in place of one accidentally spoiled and, fourth, to obtain a watcher for each candidate to be voted for; certificates of results; oaths; and any other stationery, blank forms, or supplies necessary in the conduct of the election.

(c) When voting machines are used, such supplies shall consist of: Ballot labels; diagrams; blanks for keeping a record of assisted voters; seals; blank forms for a statement of canvass of the votes cast on each machine, such forms to conform to the type of voting machine to be used and the designating number and letter if the construction of the machine is such as to require a designating number and letter of each candidate or proposition to be printed next to the candidate's name on the statement of canvass; and all other necessary election supplies for use on voting machines.

(Acts 1961, No. 663, p. 827, §12; Act 2015-216, §1.)
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