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307-X-1-.05 Testing of Central ballot Counters.

Each central ballot counter shall be tested in the same manner as required for precinct counters except that there shall be a set of test ballots, together with any necessary header cards for each ballot configuration to be voted on in the county or section of the county to which the central counter is assigned. In addition to the pre- election test prescribed for precinct counters, all central ballot counters will be tested on election day before and after the ballots from the precincts are counted. The tests on the election day shall be conducted by the poll officials assigned to the central counter using the same test ballots that were used by the probate judge in the pre-election test.

Author: Charles E. Grainger, Jr.
Statutory Authority: §17-24-7(b). Code of Alabama (1975).
History: Adopted February 10,1998; amended February 7,2002.

307-X-1-.06 Ballots.

(1) Marksense ballots shall, so far as practicable, be in the same order of arrangement as provided by Sections 17-8-4 and 17-8-5 for paper ballots, except that they shall be of the size and design required by the marksense ballot counters and may be printed upon one or more separate pages or cards. Marksense ballots shall not contain the square for the voters' numbers as provided in Sections 17-8-13 and 17-8-35, and seals shall not be provided for each ballot. Marksense ballots shall be manufactured with one detachable stub and numbered sequentially within each county with the sequence number printed on the stub but not on the ballot itself. There shall be printed on each marksense absentee and precinct ballot (both for precinct count and central count ballots) the ballot style number. This ballot style number shall represent the political race makeup of the ballot.

(2) In primary elections, constitutional amendments may be printed on party ballots, provided that sufficient ballots containing only the constitutional amendments are available for these voters who do not wish to sign the pledge for a party ballot.

(3) Secrecy envelops or folders shall be provided in sufficient quantity for use by voters in transporting their completed ballots from the voting stations to the precinct counter or ballot box.

Author Charles E. Grainger, Jr.
Statutory Authority: S17-24-7fb).Code of Alabama (1975).
History: Adopted February 10,1998; amended February 7,2002.

307-X-1-.07 Custody and Transportation of Equipment.

Sections 17-9-39 and 17-9-37, which provide for the custody and transportation of voting machines, shall apply to marksense ballot counters as well. In addition to the custodian now authorized by law, a county may employ electronic voting specialists to serve as troubleshooters during elections. These persons are to be trained in the operation of electronic voting equipment and in these procedures. They may be sent to assist in any precinct, but they hall not assume the title of authority of the regular poll workers assigned to a precinct.

Author Charles E. Grainger, Jr.
Statutory Authority: §17-24-7(b). Code of Alabama (1975).
History: Adopted February 10, 1998; amended February 7,2002.

307-X-1-.08 Voters Per Precinct

In assigning voters to voting equipment as provided by Sections 17-5A-3 through 17-5A-6, the county commission shall not be bound by the limits of 300 voters per ballot box or 600 voters per voting machine. The county commission shall provide sufficient precinct counters, or ballot boxes where central counters are used, to ensure that all qualified voters shall be given an opportunity to vote without undue delay. There shall be at least one precinct counter, or ballot box where central counters are used, for each 2400 expected voters or fraction thereof. The number of expected voters shall be the largest number of votes cast in that precinct during the last four years. If the manufacturer's recommended maximum number of ballots is less than 2400, then that recommended number shall be used to determine the number of counters.

Author Charles E. Grainger, Jr.
Statutory Authority: §17-24-7(b), Code of Alabama (1975).
History: Adopted February 10,1998; amended February 7.2002.

307-X-1-.09 Provision of Voting Stations.

The county commission shall provide sufficient voting stations so that each voter shall be given the opportunity to vote in privacy without undue delay. At no time shall the number of voters permitted in the voting area exceed the number of private voting stations available, unless the voter chooses to vote without utilizing a private voting station.

Author: Charles E. Grainger, Jr.
Statutory Authority: §17-24-7(b), Code of Alabama (1975).
History: Adopted February 10,1998; amended February 7, 2002.

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