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When voted ballots container and records of election container may be opened.
After the result has been canvassed and declared by the county executive committee, the sheriff shall securely keep the voted ballots container and the records of election container in accordance with state and federal law. The voted ballots container and records of election container shall not be opened except in one or the other of the following events:
(1) In the event of a contest, where the opening of the container has been authorized under authority of the chair of the executive committee trying the contest.
(2) Where a container has been returned but no certificate of the result of the election has been sent the chair outside of the container, the container may be opened by the sheriff in the presence of the chairs, or their designees, of the county committees for the political parties participating in the primary election, and the committees, for canvassing purposes, may obtain the result at any particular district, ward, or precinct from the contents of the container, using the certificate of result contained therein, if any, or otherwise, so far as necessary in order to obtain it from the container; after which the papers shall be returned into the container, and the container shall be resealed by the sheriff in the presence of the chairs, or their designees, of the county committees for the political parties participating in the primary election.
(Acts 1975, No. 1196, p. 2349, §29; §17-16-33; amended and renumbered by Act 2006-570, p. 1331, §59.)