Secretary of State
Oct 21, 2022
This rule establishes early processing produces for absentee ballots. Specifically, it details what the county clerk must do when they elect to prepare and process absentee ballots the Thursday or Friday immediately preceding election day. They must provide notice of the date, time, and place that absentee ballot preparation and processing will occur to the secretary of state, and the chairman of each political party, require all observers and election judges to complete a form attesting they are not a candidate, candidate’s committee chairperson, or treasurer before observing preparation and processing, accommodate public viewing of the early processing of absentee ballots, and designate an absentee ballot preparation and processing area. Further, election judges appointed for the purpose of early processing and preparation of absentee ballots will not allow the votes cast on a particular ballot to be readily viewable by any observer. The rule also outlines procedures and rules that observers of the early processing and preparation of absentee ballots and election judges appointed for the early processing and preparation of absentee ballots must follow.