52.36  Commissioner in charge of counting center--appointment of resolution board.

All proceedings at the counting center shall be under the direction of the commissioner and open to the public. The proceedings shall be under the observation of at least one member of each of the political parties referred to in section 49.13, designated by the county chairperson or, if the chairperson fails to make a designation, by the commissioner. No person except those employed and authorized by the commissioner for the purpose shall touch any ballot or ballot container.

The commissioner shall appoint from the lists provided by the county political party chairpersons a resolution board to tabulate write-in votes and to decide questions regarding damaged, defective, or other ballots which cannot be tabulated by machine. The commissioner shall appoint as many people to the resolution board as the commissioner believes are necessary. The resolution board shall be divided into two-person teams. Each team shall consist of people who are not members of the same political party. If a team is unable to decide how to count one or more ballots, a third person shall be available to consult with the team and to resolve disputes. Ballots which were objected to shall be endorsed and separated as required by section 50.4.

Section History: Early form

  [C77, 79, 81, § 52.36]

Section History: Recent form

  93 Acts, ch 143, § 28; 97 Acts, ch 170, § 64

Internal References

  Referred to in §52.40

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