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25-4611. Procedure when polls are closed; comparison count; ballots to counting location; public counting; manual count, when; advance voting ballots; printing and posting of tabulated return. (a) As soon as the polls are closed, the supervising judge shall count the number of ballots or envelopes containing ballots that have been cast to determine that the number of ballots equals the number of voters shown on the poll book. If there is a discrepancy, this fact shall be reported in writing to the county election officer with the reasons therefor if known.

(b) The election judge shall place all ballots that have been cast in the container provided for the purpose, which shall be sealed and delivered by two election board members who shall not be of the same political party, to the counting location together with the provisional, unused, void and defective ballots and returns.

(c) All proceedings at the counting location shall be under the direction of the county election officer and under the observation of two election board members who shall not be of the same political party and shall be open to the public, but no persons except those employed and authorized for the purpose shall touch any ballot, ballot container or return. If any ballot is damaged or defective so that it cannot properly be counted by the optical scanning equipment, it shall be counted manually.

(d) Advance voting ballots may be counted by the optical scanning equipment if they have been marked in a manner which will enable them to be properly counted by such equipment. If any advance voting ballot is damaged or defective so that it cannot properly be counted by the optical scanning equipment, it shall be counted manually.

(e) The return printed by the optical scanning equipment, to which has been added the return of write-in and advance voting votes and manually counted votes, shall constitute the official return of each precinct or voting area. Upon completion of the count the returns shall be open to the public. A copy of the returns shall be posted at the office of the county election officer.

(f) If for any reason it becomes impracticable to count all or a part of the ballots with optical scanning equipment, the county election officer may direct that they be counted manually, following as far as practicable the provisions governing the counting of paper ballots.

History: L. 1982, ch. 158, § 11; L. 1995, ch. 192, § 50; L. 2007, ch. 125, § 31; July 1.


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