(a) Each absentee ballot shall be placed in an absentee ballot container or containers. The container shall be securely sealed except for an opening sufficient to permit deposit of the reply envelopes and shall be sufficiently identify the elective office or issue that corresponds to the absentee ballots being deposited. The opening of the container shall be securely sealed at the close of each business day by the Chief Election Officer. The container itself shall be secured in the office of the Chief Election Officer, or in an area, space or facility designated by the Chief Election Officer.
(b) Persons may not open the absentee ballot container before the day and time provided for in 6.1108 or 6.1109. Persons tampering with or opening the absentee ballot container before the prescribed time shall be guilty of an election offense under 6.1206.History: 1977, PL 15-42 § 1; 2002, PL 27-31.