2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 26. Elections
§26-14-125. Counting procedure.

26 OK Stat § 26-14-125 (2014) What's This?

A. On the day of the election at such time as the secretary of the county election board may prescribe, the county election board shall meet at the county courthouse or at the offices of the county election board if located elsewhere to count absentee ballots in the following manner:

The ballot box containing the plain opaque envelopes shall be shaken to mix the envelopes, after which the box shall be opened, the envelopes removed, and the ballots counted by a voting device assigned to count absentee ballots and operated by persons appointed by the secretary of the county election board.

B. The procedure described in this section shall be repeated as is necessary until all ballots have been counted. In no event shall fewer than twelve ballots be counted at any time, unless fewer than twelve ballots are received in total or after the first count is made. The results of the absentee ballots shall not be printed, made known to any person nor announced earlier than 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.

C. 1. Upon written approval by the Secretary of the State Election Board, the county election board may begin the process of counting absentee ballots as described in this section on a date earlier than the day of the election. The results of the absentee ballots shall not be printed, made known to any person nor announced earlier than 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.

2. When the counting of absentee ballots occurs on a date prior to the day of the election, the county election board shall, without obtaining a printout of results, remove the election results storage media from the voting device and seal ballots counted that day in a transfer case which shall be secured by the sheriff of the county in the same manner as provided in Section 8-110 of this title. The election results storage media shall be sealed in a container prescribed by the Secretary of the State Election Board. The sheriff shall secure the sealed election results storage media container and return it to the county election board at the time the county election board next meets for the purpose of counting absentee ballots.

3. If there is a malfunction in such a way that the election results storage media used for absentee voting will not function, the sheriff is authorized to return the transfer cases containing absentee ballots to the county election board to be recounted as provided in Section 7-134.1 of this title.

Added by Laws 1974, c. 201, § 25, operative July 1, 1974. Renumbered from § 327.25 by Laws 1976, c. 90, § 11, emerg. eff. May 6, 1976. Amended by Laws 1983, c. 45, § 1, operative July 1, 1983; Laws 1991, c. 321, § 40, eff. March 1, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 316, § 13, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 2011, c. 139, § 17; Laws 2013, c. 200, § 11, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.

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