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Section 17-9-15

Disposition of records and forms after close of polls.

After the close of the polls in all primary, special, general, and municipal elections held in the state, the records and forms produced at the polling places shall be returned as follows:

(1) The list of registered voters, the affirmations of provisional voters, the statements of election officials challenging provisional voters, and the voter reidentification forms shall be sealed in an envelope addressed to the board of registrars and the inspectors and any poll watchers present shall sign across the seal. The board of registrars shall hold the list of registered voters while using it to update their voter histories in accordance with Article 2 of Chapter 4. A copy of the list of registered voters shall be made a public record after the information specified in subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of Section 17-4-33 has been redacted by the board of registrars. The original and copies of the list shall then be returned to the city clerk in municipal elections and the judge of probate in all other elections.

(2) The signed voters' poll list shall be sealed in an envelope and the inspectors and any poll watchers present shall sign across the seal. The envelope shall be delivered to the judge of probate in general and special elections and to the party chairs in primary elections. The "clerk's poll list" shall be sealed in an envelope labeled "records of election" and the inspector and any poll watchers present shall sign across the seal and the envelope shall be placed in a "records of election" container and remain there during the period of time for the initiation of an election contest or recount as provided by law. The "records of election" container shall be delivered to the city clerk in municipal elections and the sheriff in all other elections to be retained in accordance with state and federal law.

(Acts 1990, No. 90-557, p. 947, §2; Act 2003-313, p. 733, §2; §17-4-231; amended and renumbered by Act 2006-570, p. 1331, §44; Act 2014-221, p. 704, §1.)
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