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Section 17-12-12

Returns of election - Sealing, delivery, and disposition of records.

After completing and signing the certificate of result, the election officials shall seal the ballots, certificates, and other records as follows:

(1) Where precinct ballot counters are used:

a. The list of registered voters shall be delivered to the judge of probate for transmittal to the board of registrars for use by the board of registrars in updating their records.

b. The ballot accounting certificate and the first copy of the certificates of result shall be placed in an envelope addressed to the judge of probate who shall keep them for public inspection or election contest, or both.

c. All voted ballots shall be placed in a voted ballot box and sealed. All spoiled ballots, unused ballots, and ballot stubs, one copy of the certificate of results, and the clerk's poll list (already sealed in a separate envelope) shall be placed in the records of election container which shall be sealed and signed by all election officials. The inspector shall deliver the sealed memory pack to the judge of probate.

d. Each envelope or container shall be sealed and signed across the seal by the inspectors. On the outside of each envelope the inspectors shall record the voting place and date of the election. The envelopes or containers shall remain unopened and be returned by the inspector immediately in the manner provided by law.

e. The State Records Commission shall develop and keep current a schedule for the retention and disposition of election records for the guidance of the officials to whom these records are sent.

(2) In primary elections, the ballots, certificates, and other records shall be distributed as required in general elections except there shall be one canvassing envelope for each party participating in the primary, and the voters' poll list of each party shall be delivered to the county executive committee of that party to be retained unopened for use in the event of a contest.

(Acts 1971, No. 1725, p. 2887, §§1, 2; §17-13-11; amended and renumbered by Act 2006-570, p. 1331, §56.)
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