53.10  Absentee voting at the commissioner's office.

Not more than forty days before the date of the primary election or the general election, the commissioner shall provide facilities for absentee voting in person at the commissioner's office. This service shall also be provided for other elections as soon as the ballots are ready, but in no case shall absentee ballots be available more than forty days before an election.

Each person who wishes to vote by absentee ballot at the commissioner's office shall first sign an application for a ballot including the following information:  name, current address, and the election for which the ballot is requested. The person may report a change of address or other information on the person's voter registration record at that time. The registered voter shall immediately mark the ballot; enclose the ballot in a secrecy envelope, if necessary, and seal it in a ballot envelope; subscribe to the affidavit on the reverse side of the envelope; and return the absentee ballot to the commissioner. The commissioner shall record the numbers appearing on the application and ballot envelope along with the name of the registered voter.

During the hours when absentee ballots are available in the office of the commissioner, the posting of political signs is prohibited within thirty feet of the absentee voting site. No electioneering shall be allowed within the sight or hearing of voters at the absentee voting site.

Section History: Recent form

  2002 Acts, ch 1134, §63, 115


  Section takes effect January 1, 2003, and applies to elections held on or after that date; 2002 Acts, ch 1134, §115

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