(a) Any qualified elector who will be unable to appear at his polling place during the hours of voting at any election because of absence from the Territory, or district in which he is registered may cause his vote to be cast by absentee ballot subject to this chapter.
(b) Any qualified elector covered by this section shall be entitled and enabled to vote in a manner as may be prescribed by rules adopted by the Chief Election Officer; provided, that any qualified elector who by reason of physical disability is unable to mark his ballot shall be authorized to receive assistance in marking it.
(c) Any qualified elector competent to vote at any election shall be allowed to vote under this section if he falls in the following categories:
(1) absent from the Territory on election day because he is:
(i) employed in the service of the U.S. Government;
(ii) employed in the service of the American Samoa Government;
(iii) a student at an institution of learning;
(iv) an absent uniformed services voter; or
(v) an overseas voter voting in the election for Delegate for the U.S. House of Representatives.
(2) temporarily absent from the Territory on election day because of:
(i) travel for medical treatment;
(ii) travel for military-related assignments;
(iii) travel for employment-related training, conference or assignments; or
(3) present in the Territory but absent from the district on election day because of:
(i) confinement in any hospital;
(ii) confinement in any public institution;
(iii) confinement at home because of illness or physical disability which will prevent him from attending the polls;
(iv) any religious belief, ruling, doctrine, or standard which will prevent him from attending the polls; or
(v) employment as an election official on election day.History: 1977, PL 15-42 § 1; 1996, PL 24-14; 2002, PL 27-31; amd 2010, PL 31-17.