2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 19 - ELECTIONS
Section 19:53C-14 - Canvassing provisional ballots


NJ Rev Stat § 19:53C-14 (2013) What's This?

19:53C-14. Canvassing provisional ballots
20. In canvassing the provisional ballots, the county board shall count the votes as follows:

a.If proper marks are made in the squares provided for the names of any candidates in any column and the total number voted for, for each office, does not exceed the number of candidates to be elected to each office, a vote shall be counted for each candidate so marked.

b.If proper marks are made in the squares provided for any names of any candidates in any column, a vote shall be counted for each candidate so marked; but if the county board canvassing the provisional ballots or the judge of the Superior Court or other judge or officer conducting a recount thereof, shall be satisfied that the placing of the marks to the left or right of the names was intended to identify or distinguish the provisional ballot, then that ballot shall not be counted and shall be declared null and void.

c.If no marks are made in the squares provided for the names of any candidates in any column, but are made to the right of the names, a vote shall not be counted for the candidates so marked, but shall be counted for the other candidates as are properly marked; but if the county board canvassing the provisional ballot or the judge of the Superior Court or other judge or officer conducting a recount thereof shall be satisfied that the placing of the marks to the right of the names was intended to identify or distinguish the provisional ballot, then that ballot shall be declared null and void.

d.Where the name of any person is written in the column designated personal choice, and the proper mark or designation appears in the space provided for the name, it shall be counted as a vote for that person.

e.In the case of any public question printed on the provisional ballot where a proper mark or designation is made in the space provided for the word "Yes," it shall be counted as a vote in favor of that public question. If a proper mark or designation is made in the space provided for the word "No," it shall be counted as a vote against same. If no mark or designation is made in the space provided for either the word "Yes" or "No," it shall not be counted as a vote either in favor of or against the public question. If a mark or designation is made in each of the spaces provided for both the words "Yes" and "No," it shall not be counted either as a vote in favor of or against the public question nor shall it invalidate the provisional ballot.

f.If a voter marks or designates more names than there are persons to be elected to an office, or writes the name of any person in the column designated personal choice, whose name is printed upon the provisional ballot as a candidate under the same title of office, or the choice of the voter cannot be determined, that provisional ballot shall not be counted for that office, but shall be counted for those other offices as are properly marked.

g.If the mark made for any candidate or public question is substantially a cross x, plus + or check and is substantially within the square, it shall be counted for the candidate or for or against the public question, as the case may be. No vote shall be counted for any candidate in any column or for or against any public question unless the mark or designation made is substantially a cross x, plus + or check or other required designation and is substantially within the space.

L.1999,c.232,s.20.


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