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Section 17-9-51

Time requirements for receipt of absentee ballots.

(a) No absentee ballot shall be opened or counted if received by the absentee election manager by mail, unless postmarked as of the date prior to the day of the election and received by mail no later than noon on the day of election, or, if received by the absentee election manager by hand delivery, unless so delivered by the voter or medical emergency designee to the absentee election manager not later than the close of the last business day next preceding the election or, if delivered by the medical emergency designee, by noon on the day of the election.

(b) The above provision does not apply in the case of individuals voting absentee pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), 42 U.S.C. 1973ff et seq., when those individuals are voting in a primary, second primary, general, or special election for a federal, state, or county office or proposed constitutional amendment or other referenda. In the case of UOCAVA voters voting absentee in a primary, second primary, general, or special election for a federal, state, or county office or proposed constitutional amendment or other referenda, no absentee ballot shall be opened or counted, if received by the absentee election manager by mail, unless postmarked as of the day of the primary, second primary, general, or special election and received by mail no later than noon seven days after the primary, second primary, general, or special election.

(Acts 1996, 2nd Ex. Sess., No. 96-885, p. 1699, §9; Act 2003-313, p. 733, §2; Act 2006-354, p. 937, §1; §17-10-23; amended and renumbered by Act 2006-570, p. 1331, §48; Act 2014-6, p. 21, §1.)
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