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Title 21, Chapter 2, Section 359 (21-2-359)

(a) The superintendent of each county or municipality shall cause the proper ballot labels to be placed on each vote recorder which is to be used in any precinct within such county or municipality and shall cause each vote recorder to be placed in proper order for voting.

(b) The superintendent of each county or the governing authority of each municipality shall appoint one custodian of vote recorders and such deputy custodians as may be necessary, whose duty it shall be to prepare the vote recorders to be used in the county or municipality at the primaries and elections to be held therein. Each custodian and deputy custodian shall receive from the county or municipality such compensation as shall be fixed by the governing authority of the county or municipality. Such custodian shall, under the direction of the superintendent, have charge of and represent the superintendent during the preparation of the vote recorders as required by this chapter, and the custodian and the deputy custodians, whose duty it shall be to assist the custodian in the discharge of his or her duties, shall serve at the pleasure of the superintendent of the county or the governing authority of the municipality. Each county custodian shall take an oath of office framed by the Secretary of State, which shall be filed with the superintendent. Each municipal custodian shall take an oath of office framed by the governing authority, which oath shall be filed with the superintendent.

(c) On or before the third day preceding a primary or election, including special primaries, special elections, and referendum elections, the superintendent shall have the tabulating machines tested to ascertain that they will correctly count the votes cast for all offices and on all questions. Public notice of the time and place of the test shall be made at least five days prior thereto. Representatives of political parties and bodies, candidates, news media, and the public shall be permitted to observe such tests. The test shall be conducted by processing a preaudited group of ballot cards so punched or marked as to record a predetermined number of valid votes for each candidate and on each question and shall include for each office one or more ballot cards which are improperly marked and one or more ballot cards which have votes in excess of the number allowed by law in order to test the ability of the tabulating machine to reject such votes. The tabulating machine shall not be approved unless it produces an errorless count. If any error is detected, the cause therefor shall be ascertained and corrected; and an errorless count shall be made before the machine is approved. The same test shall be repeated immediately before the start of the official count of the ballot cards and at the conclusion of such count. The superintendent or custodian shall also prepare the vote recorders for voting at the various polling places to be used in the primary or election. In preparing the vote recorders, he or she shall arrange the recorders and the ballot labels so that they meet all requirements of voting and counting at such primary or election, thoroughly inspect and test the vote recorders, and file a certificate in the office of the superintendent of the county or the city clerk of the municipality that the recorders are in proper order with correct ballot labels.

(d) No superintendent, nor custodian, nor other employee of the superintendent shall in any way prevent free access to and examination of all voting machines which are to be used at the primary or election, by any interested persons.

(e) In every primary or election, the superintendent shall furnish, at the expense of the county or municipality, unless otherwise provided by this chapter, all ballot labels, forms of certificates, and other papers and supplies required under this chapter and which are not furnished by the Secretary of State, all of which shall be in the form and according to the specifications prescribed, from time to time, by the Secretary of State.

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