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USE ONLY SANS SERIF PRINT FONT
§  7-104.  Ballots; form of[, voting machine]. 1. All ballots shall be printed and/or displayed in a format and arrangement,  of such uniform size  and style as will fit the ballot [frame], and shall be in as plain and clear a type or display as the space will reasonably permit, USING ONLY  SANS SERIF  PRINT FONTS. Such type or display on the ballot shall satisfy all requirements and standards set forth pursuant to the federal Help America Vote Act.§ 7-104.1
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If a party name has more than 15 letters you can abbreviate it.

If a candidate name has more than 15 letters, you only need to print the surname in full.
The names of parties or independent bodies which contain more than fifteen letters may, whenever limitations of space so require, be printed on the ballot in an abbreviated form. In printing the names of candidates whose full names contain more than fifteen letters, only the surname must be printed in full. § 7-104.2
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The party and candidate names will be paired together.The party name or other designation[, and a designating letter and number] shall be affixed to the name of each candidate, or, in case of presidential electors, to the names of the candidates for president and vice-president of such party.§ 7-104.3(a)
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You can use numbers for columns and rows and pair them with candidate names.A COLUMN/ROW DESIGNATING NUMBER MAY BE AFFIXED TO THE NAME OF EACH CANDIDATE, OR IN THE CASE OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS, TO THE NAMES OF THE CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT OF SUCH PARTY.§ 7-104.3(b)
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If an office title is written horizontally, the write-in section for the candidate name can be placed vertically underneath that title, and Vice versa.The titles of offices may be arranged horizontally, with the names of candidates for an office and the SPACE, slot or device for write-in [ballots] VOTES for such office arranged vertically under the title of the office, or the titles of offices may be arranged vertically, with the names of candidates for an office and the SPACE, slot or device for write-in [ballots] VOTES for such office arranged horizontally opposite the title of the office.
§ 7-104.3(c)
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Each office will use as many columns/rows as there are candidates. Except during cross endorsements.Each office shall occupy as many columns or rows on the [machine] BALLOT as the number of candidates to be elected to that office, EXCEPT WHERE CANDIDATE PLACEMENTS DUE TO CROSS ENDORSEMENTS REQUIRE ADDITIONAL COLUMNS OR ROWS.§ 7-104.3(d)
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Put the names of all the candidates in one party along the same rowThe names of all candidates nominated by any party or independent body for an office shall always appear in the row or column containing generally the names of candidates nominated by such party or independent body for other offices except as hereinafter provided.§ 7-104.4(a)
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If a candidate represents more than 1 party, put their name in all the rows or columns for those parties.When the same person has been nominated for an office to be filled at the election by more than one party, the voting machine shall be so adjusted that his or her name shall appear in each row or column containing generally the names of candidates for other offices nominated by any such party.§ 7-104.4(b)
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Put the names of all the candidates belonging to the same party in the same row or column.If such candidate has also been nominated by one or more independent bodies, his or her name shall appear only in each row or column containing generally the names of candidates for other offices nominated by any such party and the name of each such independent body shall appear in one such row or column to be designated by the candidate in a writing filed with the officer or board charged with the duty of [providing ballots] CERTIFYING THE CANDIDATES FOR SUCH OFFICE, or if such person shall fail to so designate, the names of such independent bodies shall appear in such row or column as such officer or board shall determine.§ 7-104.4(c)
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For Governor, State Senator, or Member of Assembly:

Put their name with every party they are running under AND allow for people to vote for them in each of those parties
Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision four of this section, the name of a person who is nominated for the office of governor, or state senator, or member of assembly, shall appear on the ballot as many times as there are parties or independent bodies nominating him or her, and there shall be a separate voting [and registering device] POSITION at each place in which such name shall appear.§ 7-104.5
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For every row/column where a candidate name is listed:

Use black ink at the top of the columns/rows for party name and the designating row/column letter.

No more closed fist with index finger!
The ballot shall have printed upon it in black ink for each party or independent row, at the head of the column or the beginning of the row containing the names of candidates, [the image of a closed fist with index finger extended pointing to the party or independent row. In the same space, in black letters as large as the space will permit, shall be printed] the name of the party or independent body [and at the right of the fist and below the index finger shall be printed in black ink the emblem] and the designating [letters] LETTER of the row or column.
§ 7-104.7
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For governor and lieutenant governor:

Put the names of both candidates in the same row or column (Governor first then Lieutenant Governor)

Make it so that both positions are voted for at the same time.
If you're using numbers for columns and rows then this gets just one of those.
With respect to candidates for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor of a party or independent body, ballots shall be printed so that the names of such candidates for both offices shall appear in the same row or column, with the name of the candidate for governor appearing first and the ballot shall be so adjusted that both offices are voted for jointly and have but one designating [letter or] number IF SUCH COLUMN/ROW DESIGNATING NUMBERS ARE UTILIZED.§ 7-104.8
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When required, have ballots with English and no more than 2 other languages.
(i.e. have enough room for English and 2 other languages)
IN THOSE COUNTIES IN WHICH BALLOTS ARE REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW, OR OTHERWISE, TO BE PROVIDED IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH, THERE SHALL BE VERSIONS OF THE BALLOT PRINTED IN ENGLISH AND IN EACH OF THE ADDITIONAL LANGUAGES REQUIRED SO THAT EACH VERSION OF THE BALLOT SHALL CONTAIN ENGLISH AND NO MORE THAN TWO OTHER LANGUAGES. THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS IN SUCH COUNTIES SHALL INSTRUCT, IN THEIR POLL WORKER TRAINING AND MATERIALS, THE PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED TO ENSURE THAT EACH VOTER RECEIVES A BALLOT WITH THE APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE AS DETERMINED BY THE STATE BOARD.§ 7-104.9
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Include instructions for how to use the ballot.

Each instruction line shall be no longer than 5 inches.

Instructions may be printed on the front or back of the ballot, or on a separate card.

If instructions are not on the front, include the following using the largest possible type: "See instructions on the other side" or "See instructions (insert where instructions are found)"
EACH BALLOT SHALL CONTAIN INSTRUCTIONS FOR MARKING THE BALLOT. THE INSTRUCTIONS SHALL BE PRINTED IN LINE LENGTHS NO WIDER THAN FIVE INCHES. BALLOT INSTRUCTIONS MAY BE PRINTED ON THE FRONT OR BACK OF THE BALLOT OR ON A SEPARATE SHEET OR CARD. IF SUCH INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT PRINTED ON THE FRONT OF THE BALLOT, THERE SHALL BE PRINTED ON THE BALLOT, IN THE LARGEST SIZE TYPE PRACTICABLE, THE FOLLOWING LEGEND: "SEE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE OTHER SIDE" OR "SEE INSTRUCTIONS (INSERT WHERE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOUND)", WHICHEVER IS APPROPRIATE.§ 7-104.10
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List the offices on the ballot in customary order.THE OFFICES APPEARING ON ALL BALLOTS SHALL BE LISTED IN THE CUSTOMARY ORDER.§ 7-104.11
What is the "customary order"?
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Include these instructionsINSTRUCTIONS

MARK THE (INSERT "OVAL" OR "SQUARE") TO THE LEFT OF THE NAME OF YOUR CHOICE. (PROVIDE ILLUSTRATION OF CORRECTLY-MARKED VOTING POSITION HERE.) TO VOTE FOR A CANDIDATE WHOSE NAME IS NOT PRINTED ON THE BALLOT, (INSERT "MARK THE OVAL (OR SQUARE) TO THE LEFT OF 'WRITE-IN' AND PRINT THE NAME CLEARLY" OR "PRINT THE NAME CLEARLY IN THE BOX LABELED 'WRITE-IN'"), STAYING WITHIN THE BOX. ANY MARK OR WRITING OUTSIDE THE SPACES PROVIDED FOR VOTING MAY VOID THE ENTIRE BALLOT. THE NUMBER OF CHOICES IS LISTED FOR EACH CONTEST. DO NOT MARK THE BALLOT FOR MORE CANDIDATES THAN ALLOWED. IF YOU DO, YOUR VOTE IN THAT CONTEST WILL NOT COUNT. IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE, OR WANT TO CHANGE YOUR VOTE, ASK A POLL WORKER FOR A NEW BALLOT.
§ 7-104.13
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Provide an illustration of accompany those instructions.

At minimum, how to properly mark the ballot.
THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL PROVIDE LINE DRAWING ILLUSTRATIONS TO SUPPLEMENT THESE INSTRUCTIONS. AT A MINIMUM, AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE CORRECT WAY TO MARK THE BALLOT SHALL BE PROVIDED, BUT NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT THE BOARD IN PROVIDING ADDITIONAL ILLUSTRATIONS.§ 7-104.14
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Use these instructions for Proposals or questions on the ballot.INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING ON QUESTIONS AND PROPOSALS

TO VOTE ON A QUESTION OR PROPOSAL, MARK THE (INSERT "OVAL" OR "SQUARE") TO THE (INSERT "LEFT", "ABOVE" OR "BELOW") OF YOUR CHOICE. IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE, OR WANT TO CHANGE YOUR VOTE, ASK A POLL WORKER FOR A NEW BALLOT.
§ 7-104.15
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If a proposal or question is on the back of the ballot, use words or symbols to let the voter know.WHEN A QUESTION OR PROPOSAL APPEARS ON THE BACK OF THE BALLOT, THERE SHALL APPEAR ON THE FRONT OF THE BALLOT WORDS OR A SYMBOL INDICATING THAT THE VOTER SHOULD TURN OVER THE BALLOT.§ 7-104.16
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Put the voting oval or square to the left of the candidate's name.THE VOTING OVAL OR SQUARE SHALL BE TO THE LEFT OF THE NAME OF THE CANDIDATE.§ 7-104.17
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Use standard capitalization. Do not use all capital letters. See subdivision 3.ALL TEXT, INCLUDING THE NAME OF EACH CANDIDATE AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION, SHALL BE PRINTED USING STANDARD CAPITALIZATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND SHALL NOT BE PRINTED USING ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.§ 7-104.18
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Use 1 font or 1 font family for all text needs.THE BALLOT SHALL USE ONE FONT OR FONT FAMILY WITH ENOUGH VARIATIONS FOR ALL TEXT NEEDS.§ 7-104.19
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Immediately below each office title, include:

"Vote for one" or "Vote for up to..."
"VOTE FOR ONE" OR "VOTE FOR UP TO ......" (THE BLANK SPACE TO BE FILLED WITH THE NUMBER OF PERSONS TO BE NOMINATED FOR THE OFFICE OR ELECTED TO THE POSITION), AS APPLICABLE, SHALL BE PRINTED IMMEDIATELY BELOW EACH OFFICE TITLE APPEARING ON THE BALLOT.§ 7-104.20
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No party emblems on the ballot!NO PARTY EMBLEMS SHALL BE PRINTED ON THE BALLOT.§ 7-104.21
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Put all the candidate's names for an office in the same row or column. Do not separate them by a perforation.THE NAMES OF CANDIDATES FOR THE SAME OFFICE SHALL APPEAR ON THE SAME PAGE AND IN THE SAME COLUMN(S) OR ROW(S) OF THAT PAGE OF A PRINTED BALLOT, AND MAY NOT BE SEPARATED BY A PERFORATION.§ 7-104.22
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Left-justify all text, unless multiple rows or columns are needed then text may be centered.ALL TEXT, INCLUDING THE TITLE OF EACH OFFICE AND THE NAME OF EACH CANDIDATE, SHALL BE PRINTED FLUSH LEFT AND SHALL NOT BE CENTERED ON THE BALLOT OR IN ANY COLUMN OR ROW APPEARING ON THE BALLOT; PROVIDED HOWEVER, IN A MULTICOLUMN OR MULTI-ROW CONTEST, THE TITLE AND NUMBER OF ALLOWABLE SELECTIONS TO BE MADE FOR EACH SUCH OFFICE MAY BE CENTERED.§ 7-104.23
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If shading is used, use it consistently to distinguish instructions from ballot sections and contest information.IF USED, SHADING SHALL BE USED CONSISTENTLY, SO AS TO DIFFERENTIATE INSTRUCTIONS FROM BALLOT SECTION DIVIDERS AND CONTEST INFORMATION.§ 7-104.24
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Discretely display the candidate's party above, below, or to the right of the candidate nameABOVE, BELOW, OR TO THE RIGHT OF THE NAME OF EACH CANDIDATE, SHALL BE PRINTED, IN LESS PROMINENT TYPE FACE THAN THAT IN WHICH THE CANDIDATE'S NAME IS PRINTED, THE NAME OF THE POLITICAL PARTY OR INDEPENDENT BODY BY WHICH THE CANDIDATE WAS NOMINATED OR DESIGNATED.§ 7-104.25
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See subdivision 10:

Instructions go in the upper left on the front of the ballot.
THE INSTRUCTIONS IN SUBDIVISION TEN OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE PRINTED IN THE UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER OF THE FRONT OF THE BALLOT;§ 7-104.27(a)
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Candidate names are printed with a font size of at least 9 points.THE NAME OF EACH CANDIDATE SHALL BE PRINTED USING A FONT SIZE OF NOT LESS THAN NINE POINTS;§ 7-104.27(b)
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Distinguish between the ballot instructions and the first contest through white space, illustrations, shading, color, font size, or bold type.WHEN THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE CONTAINED ON THE BALLOT, THERE SHALL BE A CLEAR DELINEATION BETWEEN THE BALLOT INSTRUCTIONS AND THE FIRST OFFICE OR BALLOT QUESTION OR PROPOSAL THROUGH THE USE OF WHITE SPACE, ILLUSTRATION, SHADING, COLOR, FONT SIZE, OR BOLD TYPE.
§ 7-104.27(c)
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Ballots can be 2 or more sheets long with perforations.

The paper quality, size, color, and weight are determined by the technical requirements.

They are also distinguishable from sample ballots by size, color, etc.
Paper ballots which are to be counted by a ballot scanner may consist of two or more sheets which are divided into perforated sections which can be separated at the time the ballot is scanned. Such ballots shall be printed on paper of a quality, size, color, and weight [approved by the state board of elections] SPECIFIED IN THE VOTING SYSTEM'S TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS DOCUMENTATION AND SHALL BE CLEARLY DISTINGUISHABLE FROM SAMPLE BALLOTS BY SIZE, COLOR OR OTHER MEANS.
§ 7-106.2
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Each ballot will have a stub showing the ballot number, which can be separated by a perforation that runs along the entire ballot.Each ELECTION DAY ballot shall be printed on the sheet with a stub which shall be separated therefrom by a line of perforations extending across the entire ballot. On the face of the stub shall be printed "No........" the blank to be filled with consecutive number of ballots beginning with "No. 1", and increasing in regular numerical order.§ 7-106.4
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Include this on the ballotOn such ballot shall be printed the following indorsement, the
blanks properly filled in:

Official Ballot for (General, Primary or Special, as applicable) Election
County of ........................ (Assembly or Legislative, as applicable)
District ..................... (Ward and City or town .................., as applicable) ............
Election District ...........................
(Insert date of election.)
(Insert names of election commissioners providing the ballot.)
§ 7-106.5
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Ballot proposals are on a separate section or sheet or card.

To the left, above, or below each proposal are the words "Yes" and "No".

Proposals are numbered consecutively.
Ballots; form for ballot proposals; ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS. Ballot proposals shall appear on the [voting machine or] ballot in a separate section OR ON A SEPARATE SHEET OR CARD. At the left of, or below or above, each proposal shall appear [two voting levers or] two voting [squares, each at least one-half inch square] POSITIONS. Next to the first [lever or square] VOTING POSITION shall be printed the word "Yes," and next to the second [lever or square] VOTING POSITION shall be printed the word "No." The proposals shall be numbered consecutively on the [voting machine or] ballot. The number of each proposal shall appear in front of its designation as an amendment, proposition or question in the following form: "Proposal one, an amendment; proposal two, a proposition; proposal three, a question".§ 7-110
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For a primary election:

On the face of the ballot, contests and candidates for public office appear first, followed by party positions.
Ballots; form for primary election; ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS. 1. (a) [The] ON THE face of the official ballot for a primary election [shall be divided into parts. Descriptive words to indicate the purpose of each part shall be printed at its head. Beginning at the left or top, the first part shall be entitled, and shall be for "Candidates] CONTESTS AND CANDIDATES for nomination for public office[". The second part shall be entitled, and shall be for "Candidates] SHALL APPEAR FIRST, FOLLOWED BY CONTESTS AND CANDIDATES for party positions.["] When necessary, a part may be divided into two or more columns or rows, but the names of all persons designated for the same office or party position shall be in the same column or row.§ 7-114.1(a)
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If a position or party is uncontested, then it won't be on the ballot.The ballot shall not contain a space for voting for candidates for uncontested offices and positions, and no ballot shall be printed for a party [whose primary is uncontested] FOR WHICH THERE IS NO CONTESTED OFFICE OR POSITION unless a petition for opportunity to ballot has been filed.§ 7-114.1(c)
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Group the candidates together that are running for a position together(B) WHERE two or more candidates are to be elected to a party position, the names of candidates designated by each petition shall be grouped TOGETHER, and [each group shall have but one number, which shall be printed opposite the approximate center of the group] MAY BE REFERRED TO COLLECTIVELY ON THE BALLOT AS A GROUP.§ 7-114.2(b)
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Every party gets a different color or color markings(C) The paper ballots of no two parties shall be IDENTIFIED BY the same color OR COLOR MARKINGS, and the state board of elections shall select the color for each new party[, and not later than twelve weeks before a primary election, shall transmit to each board of elections]. THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL INCLUDE WITH THE BOARD'S BALLOT CERTIFICATION a certificate stating the colors so selected.§ 7-114.2(c)
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Absentee Ballots:

Ballots for absentees must be as close to normal ballots as possible.

Absentee ballots don't need a stub and must say "Absentee Ballot" on it.
Ballots; absentee voters. 1. (a) Ballots for absentee voters shall be, as nearly as practicable, in the same form as those to be voted in the district on election day, [if any,] except that ballots for primary elections shall omit the party position of ward, town, city or county committee and except further that such ballots need not have a stub, and shall have the words "Absentee Ballot", endorsed thereon.§ 7-122.1(a)
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Everything that applies to ballots on election day also applies to absentee ballots, unless otherwise noted.ALL PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE APPLICABLE TO ABSENTEE BALLOTS PREPARED FOR COUNTING BY A BALLOT SCANNER OR BY HAND. THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MARKING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT SHALL BE PROVIDED AND SHALL BE SUBSTANTIALLY AS FOLLOWS, SO THAT THEY ACCURATELY REFLECT THE BALLOT LAYOUT:§ 7-122.1(b)
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Instructions that go on Absentee BallotsINSTRUCTIONS
MARK THE (INSERT "OVAL" OR "SQUARE") TO THE LEFT OF THE NAME OF YOUR CHOICE. (PROVIDE ILLUSTRATION OF CORRECTLY-MARKED VOTING POSITION HERE.) TO VOTE FOR A CANDIDATE WHOSE NAME IS NOT PRINTED ON THE BALLOT, (INSERT "MARK THE OVAL (OR SQUARE) TO THE LEFT OF 'WRITE-IN' AND PRINT THE NAME CLEARLY" OR "PRINT THE NAME CLEARLY IN THE BOX LABELED 'WRITE-IN'"), STAYING WITHIN THE BOX. ANY MARK OR WRITING OUTSIDE THE SPACES PROVIDED FOR VOTING MAY VOID THE ENTIRE BALLOT. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO A REPLACEMENT BALLOT. IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE OR WANT TO CHANGE YOUR VOTE, CALL THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS AT (INSERT PHONE NUMBER HERE) FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO OBTAIN A NEW BALLOT. THE NUMBER OF CHOICES IS LISTED FOR EACH CONTEST. DO NOT MARK THE BALLOT FOR MORE CANDIDATES THAN ALLOWED. IF YOU DO, YOUR VOTE IN THAT CONTEST WILL NOT COUNT.
(C) WHEN A QUESTION OR PROPOSAL IS INCLUDED ON THE BALLOT,
INSTRUCTIONS SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR TO THOSE PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION
FIFTEEN OF SECTION 7-104 OF THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE INCLUDED.
§ 7-122.1(b)
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Absentee ballots are issued with 3 envelopesTHERE SHALL BE THREE ENVELOPES FOR EACH ABSENTEE BALLOT ISSUED BY MAIL: THE INNER AFFIRMATION ENVELOPE INTO WHICH A VOTER PLACES HIS OR HER VOTED BALLOT, THE OUTER ENVELOPE WHICH SHALL BE ADDRESSED TO THE ABSENTEE VOTER, AND THE MAILING ENVELOPE WHICH IS ADDRESSED TO THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS.§ 7-122.3
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Absentee Ballots for military voters get 3 envelopesTHERE SHALL BE THREE ENVELOPES FOR EACH MILITARY ABSENTEE BALLOT ISSUED WHEN THE MILITARY VOTER'S PREFERRED METHOD OF TRANSMISSION IS BY MAIL: THE INNER AFFIRMATION ENVELOPE INTO WHICH A VOTER PLACES HIS OR HER VOTED BALLOT, THE OUTER ENVELOPE WHICH SHALL BE ADDRESSED TO THE ABSENTEE VOTER, AND THE MAILING ENVELOPE WHICH IS ADDRESSED TO THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS. § 7-123.3
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