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PUBLIC Law, Chapter 258

Signed on 2011-06-08 00:00:00.0 - First Regular Session - 125th Maine Legislature
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An Act To Make Disputed Ballots in State Elections Public

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §739,  as amended by PL 1993, c. 473, §33 and affected by §46, is further amended to read:

§ 739. Ballots and incoming voting lists available for inspection

On request, a municipal clerk or the Secretary of State, or both, shall produce any ballots or incoming voting lists in their custody before the Governor, either branch of the Legislature, any legislative committee or a court of competent jurisdiction. If there is an unresolved disputed ballot for an election to the State House of Representatives or the State Senate arising from a recount conducted pursuant to section 737-A, the Secretary of State shall make a copy of that ballot available for inspection by the public. A copy of a ballot that is made available for public inspection pursuant to this section must be made available in a manner that preserves the voter's anonymity. Copies of disputed ballots made available for public inspection under this section must be retained by the Secretary of State for a period of 2 years after the outcome of the election is finally determined.

After the time for completion of recounts following any election has elapsed, and on request of any person, the clerk of any municipality or the Secretary of State, or both, shall produce any incoming voting lists in his the clerk's or Secretary of State's custody.

Effective 90 days following adjournment of the 125th Legislature, First Regular Session, unless otherwise indicated.

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