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Title 21, Chapter 2, Section 284.1 (21-2-284.1)

(a) The names of all candidates seeking election in a nonpartisan election conducted in conjunction with a partisan primary shall be printed on the ballot of each political party; and insofar as practicable such offices to be filled in a nonpartisan election shall be separated from the names of political party candidates by being listed last on each political party ballot, with the top of that portion of the ballot relating to the nonpartisan election to have printed in prominent type the words "OFFICIAL NONPARTISAN ELECTION BALLOT." Immediately under this caption the following directions shall be printed: "Place a cross (X) or check (/) mark in the square opposite the name of each nonpartisan candidate for whom you choose to vote. To vote for a person whose name is not on the ballot, manually write his or her name, accompanied by the title of the office involved, in the write-in column. If you spoil your ballot, do not erase, but ask for a new ballot. Use only pen or pencil." Immediately under the directions, the names of the nonpartisan candidates shall in all cases be arranged under the title of the office for which they are candidates and be printed thereunder in alphabetical order. No party designation or affiliation shall appear beside the name of any candidate for nonpartisan office. An appropriate space shall also be placed on the ballot for the casting of write-in votes for such offices. The incumbency of a nonpartisan candidate seeking nomination for the public office he or she then holds shall be indicated on the ballots by printing the word "Incumbent" beside his or her name. Under the title of each office shall be placed a direction as to the number of nonpartisan candidates to be voted for. The votes cast for each nonpartisan candidate listed on all political party ballots shall be combined to determine the total number of votes received by each candidate in the nonpartisan election. In the event that a candidate in such nonpartisan election does not receive a plurality of the total votes cast for such office, there shall be a nonpartisan election runoff between the candidates receiving the two highest numbers of votes for such office; and the names of such candidates shall be placed on each political party ballot at the general primary runoff in the same nonpartisan portion as prescribed in this Code section. If no political party runoff is required, the form of the ballot for the nonpartisan election runoff shall be prescribed by the Secretary of State or election superintendent in essentially the same format prescribed for nonpartisan elections. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes cast in the nonpartisan election runoff shall be declared duly elected to such office.

(b) In the case of nonpartisan municipal primaries, the form of the official nonpartisan primary ballot shall conform insofar as practicable to the form of the official primary ballot as detailed in Code Section 21-2-284, except that:

(1) The following shall be printed at the top of each ballot in prominent type:

"OFFICIAL NONPARTISAN PRIMARY BALLOT OF ______________________ (Name of Municipality)";

(2) There shall be no name or designation of any political organization nor any words, designation, or emblems descriptive of a candidate's political affiliation printed under or after any candidate's name which is printed on the ballot; and

(3) The incumbency of a candidate seeking election for the public office he or she then holds shall be indicated on the ballot.

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