Title 21, Chapter 2, Section 480
(a) At the top of each ballot for an election in a precinct using
optical scanning voting equipment shall be printed in prominent type
the words "OFFICIAL BALLOT," followed by the designation of the
precinct for which it is prepared and the name and date of the
(b) Immediately under this caption on a ballot presenting the names
of candidates for election to office, the following directions shall
be printed, insofar as the same may be appropriate for the election
(1) Optical scanners using ovals or squares. To vote blacken the
oval or square (__________) next to the candidate of your choice.
To vote for a person whose name is not on the ballot, manually
write his or her name in the write-in section and blacken the oval
or square next to the write-in section. If you spoil your ballot,
do not erase, but ask for a new ballot. Use only the pen or
(2) Optical scanners using arrows. To vote, complete the arrow (
__________) to the right of the name of the candidate for whom you
wish to vote. To vote for a person whose name is not on the
ballot, manually write his or her name in the write-in space
provided and complete the arrow. If you spoil your ballot, do not
erase, but ask for a new ballot. Use only the pen or pencil
(3) Marks made in violation of these directions shall be
disregarded in the counting of the votes cast. The names of the
persons inserted on the ballot by the elector shall be manually
written only within the write-in section and the insertion of such
names outside such section or by the use of a sticker, paster,
stamp, or other printed or written matter is prohibited.
(c) The ballot for each candidate or group of candidates nominated
by a party or body shall contain the name or designation of the
party or body.
(d) The titles of offices may be arranged horizontally with the
names of candidates for an office arranged transversely under the
title of the office. The incumbency of a candidate seeking election
for the public office he or she then holds shall be indicated on the
(e) The form and arrangement of ballots shall be prepared by the
(f) Unless a candidate has filed with his or her nominating petition
a certificate from a political party or body attesting that such
candidate is the nominee of such party or body by virtue of having
been nominated in a duly constituted party or body convention, the
candidate's name shall appear on the ballot as an independent.
(g) When presidential electors are to be elected, the names or the nominees of each political party or body for such offices shall be arranged alphabetically under the names of the candidates of the party or body for President and Vice President of the United States. (h) When proposed constitutional amendments or other questions are submitted to a vote of the electors, each amendment or other question so submitted may be printed upon the ballot below the groups of candidates for the various offices. Proposed constitutional amendments so submitted shall be printed in the order determined by the Constitutional Amendments Publication Board and in brief form as directed by the General Assembly or, in the event of a failure to so direct, the form shall be determined by the Secretary of State and shall include the short title or heading provided for in subsection (c) of Code Section 50-12-101. Unless otherwise provided by law, any other state-wide questions so submitted shall be printed in brief form as directed by the General Assembly or, in the event of a failure to so direct, the form shall be determined by the Secretary of State; and any local questions so submitted shall be printed in brief form as directed by the General Assembly or, in the event of a failure to so direct, the form shall be determined by the superintendent. Next to the question there shall be placed the words "YES" and "NO" together with appropriate ovals or squares or broken arrows to be marked.
(i) The ballots shall vary in form only as the names of precincts,
offices, candidates, or this chapter may require.