Ala. Admin. Code r. 307-X-1-.19 - Disposition Of Forms

After completing and signing the certificate of result, the election officials shall seal the ballots, certificates, and other records as follows:

(1) Where precinct ballot counters are used:
(a) The list of registered voters, the record of assisted voters, the ballot accounting certificate(s) and the first copy of the certificates of result shall be placed in an envelope addressed to the judge of probate who shall keep them for public inspection and/or election contest, and the list of registered voters or a copy thereof may be used by the board of registrars in updating their records.
(b) All used marksense ballots (both voted and spoiled), all challenged ballots, one copy of the certificate of result, the poll list (already sealed in a separate envelope), one copy of each challenged voter's affidavit and each witness' affidavit, and all requests for assistance in voting shall be placed in a large envelope or box, which will be sealed and signed across the seal by all inspectors. The inspector shall retain possession of the memory pack until it is read into the tabulator.
1. Each envelope or box shall be sealed and signed across the seal by the inspectors. On the outside of each envelope the inspectors shall record the precinct or district and date of the election. The envelopes or boxes shall remain unopened and be returned by the inspector or returning officer immediately in the manner provided for by law.
2. The State Records Commission is requested to develop and keep current a schedule for the retention and disposition of election records for the guidance of the officials to whom these records are sent.
(2) Where central counters are used, the procedure for precinct ballot counters shall be followed except that the certificate of result will not be produced at the precinct, and a copy of the certificate of result will not be posted at the polling place. After the polls close, the ballot box insertion door will be resealed with a numbered seal provided for in the election supplies. The Inspector and at least one other poll official shall deliver the sealed and unopened ballot box to the central count location for processing and counting. A copy of the ballot accounting certificate shall be delivered with the ballot box to the central count location. After the count, the ballots of each precinct shall be sealed in a separate envelope or box which shall be labeled with the name of the precinct, the date of the election, the type of ballots and the total number contained therein. One copy of the Ballot Accounting Certificate and one copy of the certificate of result shall also be sealed in this envelope or box by the central count polling officials, and it shall be delivered to the authority holding the records of election container.
(3) In primary elections, the marksense ballots, certificates and other records shall be distributed as required in general elections except there shall be one canvassing envelope for each party participating in the primary, and the poll list of each party shall be delivered to the county executive committee of that party to be obtained unopened for use in the event of a contest as provided by Section 17-16-25.

Author: Charles E. Grainger, Jr.


Ala. Admin. Code r. 307-X-1-.19
New Rule: Filed February 10, 1998; effective March 17, 1998. Amended: Filed February 7, 2002; effective March 14, 2002.

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, ยง 17-24-7(b).

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