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(a) The judge of probate shall cause to be printed in large type posters of instructions for the guidance of electors in preparing their ballots. Instructional information shall not show partiality to any political party or candidate. The information shall include:
(1) A sample version of the ballot that will be used for that election.
(2) Information regarding the date of the election and the hours during which polling places will be open.
(3) Instructions on how to vote, including how to cast a vote and how to cast a provisional ballot.
(4) Instructions for mail-in registrants and first-time voters registering and voting for the first time after January 1, 2003.
(5) General information on voting rights under applicable federal and state laws, including information on the right of an individual to cast a provisional ballot and instructions on how to contact the appropriate officials if these rights are alleged to have been violated.
(6) General information on federal and state laws regarding prohibitions on acts of fraud and misrepresentation.
(b) The judge of probate shall furnish to the sheriff three, or more if necessary, sets of instructions to be posted in the following manner at each precinct. One set of instructions shall be posted near the entrance of the voting place so as to be plainly visible to those entering. Another set of instructions shall be placed in a plainly visible location near the area where voters are identified from the list of qualified voters printed from the state voter registration list. Remaining sets of instructions may be placed in plainly visible locations to assist voters in accordance with the circumstances presented by the physical layout of the voting place. The instructions shall be printed in large clear type and shall be made available in alternative languages in counties where the most recent federal decennial census indicates that a specific alternative language group exceeds five percent of the voting age population for that county.
(Code 1896, §1617; Code 1907, §405; Code 1923, §495; Code 1940, T. 17, §185; Act 2003-313, p. 733, §2; §17-8-43; amended and renumbered by Act 2006-570, p. 1331, §33.)