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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 19, ELECTIONS

    Chapter 48: Voting machines, requirements.

      Section: 19:48-7: Inoperative voting machines; use of emergency ballots; statements.

          
19:48-7. If any voting machine being used in any election district shall, during the time the polls are open, become damaged so as to render it inoperative in whole or in part, the election officers shall immediately give notice thereof to the county board of elections or the superintendent of elections or the municipal clerk, as the case may be, having custody of voting machines, and such county board of elections or such superintendent of elections or such municipal clerk, as the case may be, shall cause any person or persons employed or appointed pursuant to section 19:48-6 of this Title to substitute a machine in perfect working order for the damaged machine. At the close of the polls the records of both machines shall be taken and the votes shown on their counters shall be added together in ascertaining and determining the results of the election. During any period when a voting machine is inoperative, emergency ballots made as nearly as possible in the form of the official ballot shall be used in accordance with the provisions of this amendatory and supplementary act, P.L.1992, c.3 (C.19:53B-1 et al.), received by the election officers and placed by them in an emergency ballot box as provided in this amendatory and supplementary act, P.L.1992, c.3 (C.19:53B-1 et al.), and shall be counted with the votes registered on the voting machines. The result shall be declared the same as though there had been no accident to the voting machine. The emergency ballots thus voted shall be preserved and returned with a statement setting forth how and why the same were voted. The original statement shall be filed with the county or municipal clerk, as the case may be; a copy of the statement shall be filed with the commissioner of registration; and an additional copy shall be placed in the emergency ballot box. The statement for use in all elections except primary elections shall be in the following form:



ELECTION STATEMENT FOR EMERGENCY PAPER BALLOTS VOTED



This statement must be completed by all election district board workers present when a voting machine malfunctions and emergency paper ballots are issued and voted. R.S.19:48-7.

This is to certify that voting machine no. ....... became inoperative at .......AM, ....... PM. We further certify that ....... emergency paper ballots were issued and voted during the time the voting machine assigned to Election District No. ....... in .................... (municipality) was inoperative. The last voting authority given out before the voting machine became inoperative was no. ........ This .................... day of .................... 2 ........

TO BE COMPLETED ONLY IF VOTING MACHINE IS REPLACED

Voting machine no. ....... was replaced by voting machine no........ at ....... AM, .......PM.

The next voting authority given out after the voting machine was replaced was no. ..........

TO BE COMPLETED WHEN VOTING MACHINE HAS BEEN REPAIRED AND IS READY TO RECEIVE VOTES

Voting machine no. ....... was repaired at ....... AM, .......PM.

The next voting authority given out after the voting machine was repaired was no. ..........

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Signature of Judge Signature of Clerk

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Signature of Inspector Signature of Clerk

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Municipality Signature of Voting

Machine Technician

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Ward

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District

The statement for use in the primary election shall be in the following form:



PRIMARY ELECTION



STATEMENT FOR EMERGENCY PAPER BALLOTS VOTED



This statement must be completed by all election district board workers present when a voting machine malfunctions and emergency paper ballots are issued and voted. R.S.19:48-7.

This is to certify that voting machine no. ....... became inoperative at .......AM, ....... PM. We further certify that ....... emergency paper ballots were issued and voted during the time the voting machine assigned to Election District No. ....... in .................... (municipality) was inoperative. The last voting authorities given out before the voting machine became inoperative were REPUBLICAN NO. ........, DEMOCRATIC NO. ........

this .................... day of .................... 2 .......



TO BE COMPLETED ONLY IF VOTING MACHINE IS REPLACED



Voting machine no. ....... was replaced by voting machine no........ at ....... AM, .......PM.

The next voting authorities given out after the voting machine was replaced were REPUBLICAN NO......, DEMOCRATIC NO.......

TO BE COMPLETED WHEN VOTING MACHINE HAS BEEN REPAIRED AND IS READY TO RECEIVE VOTES

Voting machine no. ....... was repaired at ....... AM, .......PM.



The next voting authorities given out after the voting machine was repaired were REPUBLICAN NO. ........, DEMOCRATIC NO. ........

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Signature of Judge Signature of Clerk

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Signature of Inspector Signature of Clerk

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Municipality Signature of Voting

Machine Technician

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Ward

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District

If a voting machine fails to operate on multiple occasions during a single election, a STATEMENT FOR EMERGENCY PAPER BALLOTS VOTED shall be completed on each occasion when the machine fails to operate.

Amended 1945, c.56, s.1; 1992, c.3, s.7; 2004, c.88, s.15



This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:48.






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