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25-2902. Unlawful marking or mutilation of ballots; providing new or replacement ballot; notice. (a) It shall be unlawful to make any mark upon a ballot except a cross or check mark in a voting square opposite the name of a person for whom the voter desires to vote. It shall be unlawful to deface or tear a ballot or to erase any printed figure or letter thereon. It shall be unlawful for any person other than the voter to erase any mark or name written on a ballot by a voter.

(b) If a voter tears, defaces or wrongfully marks a ballot, the voter shall return it to the election board and receive a new ballot or set of ballots. The voter may successively obtain additional ballots or sets of ballots (but not more than one ballot or set of ballots at a time), but no voter shall be provided more than three sets in all.

(c) In all elections in which printed paper ballots are utilized, there shall be printed on the ballot and posted in each polling place a notice containing the following information and in substantially the following form:


If you tear, deface or make a mistake and wrongfully mark any ballot, you must return it to the election board and receive a new ballot or set of ballots.

History: L. 1968, ch. 406, § 25; L. 1978, ch. 137, § 12; L. 1992, ch. 291, § 10; July 1.

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