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said primary and blank spaces under each ofifice division in which the voter may write in the name of any candidate for whom he desires to vote in said primary. The provision of the primary law with reference to printing constitutional amendments on ofiicial primary ballots and the arrangement of the ballots with reference to said amendments shall be the same as are provided by the general primary .laws of this State. If persons are to be nominated at said primary on a non-partisan ticket the Commission shall prepare and print at least twenty-five days before any primary election suflicient non-partisan ballots to supply each absent voter, who at the time is stationed within the Continental United States, with at least one ballot. Said non-partisan primary ballot shall be arranged in accordance with the laws of this State relating to the preparation and arrangement of non-partisan ballots, except that the names of all candidates for ofiice that are to be elected in smaller subdivisions than the entire State shall be omitted therefrom. Said ballots shall have printed thereon under the proper office division the names of all ofiices for which candidates are to be nominated on a non-partisan ballot and blank spaces shall be left under each office division in which the voter may write in the names of all persons for whom he desires to vote.
The Election Commission shall prepare and print at least One ’ official envelope for each absent voter, who at the time is stationed within the Continental United States. Said envelope shall be made out of substantial paper of a red color. Hereafter in this Act said envelope shall be referred to as the “red envelope.” Upon one side of said envelope shall be printed substantially the following:
“OFFICIAL WAR BALLOT FOR PRIMARY ELECTION,
STATE ELECTION COMMISSION.”
Upon the other side of said red envelope shall be printed substantially the following: _I
“INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS.
(1.) If the voter is a citizen of the United States strike out in the afi'idavit the words: “that I have declared my intention to become a citizen of the United States.” If the voter is not a. citizen of the United States, but he has declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States, strike out the words: “that I am a citizen of the United States.”
(2.) Insert in the blank space the name of the precinct in which the voter resided at the time of his enlistment. If the voter resides inside a city, insert the name of the city in the proper space and give the street number of his residence, or such other description as will identify his place of residence.
(3.) Insert in the proper space the post office address of the voter. If in a city, give street number or such other description of his place of residence as will clearly point out the place of residence of the voter.
(4.) Insert in the proper space the Division, Regiment, Company, Troop, Vessel or other command to which the voter is attached at the time of signing this affidavit.
(5.) ‘The venue to this afi’idavit may be omitted if there are military reasons why it should be. The acknowledgment of this affidavit must be signed by a commissioned ofiicer of the army or navy of the United States, who is acquainted with the voter. The ofiicer signing the same shall add the rank of his commission: whether Lieutenant, Captain, etc., and the subdivision to which he belongs.
OATH OF ABSENT ELECTOR. (VENUE)
I do—solemnly swear—or afi‘irm—that I am a citizen of the United States—that I have declared my intention to become a citizen of the United States; that I am of the age of at least 21 Ch. 1) Primary Election 13
years; that I am a resident of the State of Nebraska; that my home post office address is —; that I have been for more than six months last preceding this election a resident of said State; that immediately prior to my enlistment I resided
for more than 40 days in the county of —-—— and for more than 10 days in ————-— precinct, city of —; that I am in the military service of the United States—or of the State of Nebraska; that I am at present attached to—-;
that I am a qualified voter of the State of Nebraska; that I have enclosed in this envelope my ballot and that the same has been marked by me.
I hereby certify that on this day of 19 , the affiant subscribed and swore to the foregoing aflidavit in my presence and hearing; that I am personally acquainted with the affiant and know that he is the identical person who signed the foregoing affidavit.”
Sec. 5. Primary election—Ballots.—The Election Commission, at least twenty-five days prior to any statewide primary, and after they receive the copy of the general register of absent voters from the Governor, shall fill in the proper spaces in the blanks provided for on the outside of the red envelope, the information that appears on the general register with reference to the name, residence, county, city, precinct and home post oflice address of the absent voter, who at the time is stationed within the Continental United States, and also the information with reference to the present address of said absent voter.
The information filled in these blank spaces shall be substantially what appears on the records in the Governor’s office unless there is some military reason for not giving it in detail, but sufficient information shall be given to identify the residence of the voter in this State and his approximate location in the army or navy of the United States. After filling out these blanks on the red envelope the same shall be signed by the Election Commissioner or one of his assistants. The oflicial seal of the Commission shall be impressed on said envelope.
The State Election Commission shall, on or before the 20th day of September following the primary prepare at least two official ballots and two ofiicial non-partisan ballots for each absent voter in the military or naval service of the State of Nebraska, as shown by the register furnished to the Election Commission by the Governor. Said ballots shall be the same in form and arrangement as the official ballot and the ofiicial non-partisan ballot as now provided by law, with the exception that the names of all candidates be left blank under all office divisions in which oflicers are to be elected in subdivisions smaller than the State. Sufl‘icient blank lines shall be shown under each ofi’ice division to write in the names of persons. The names of all candidates for office who are nominated in the primaries and who are to be voted for by the electors in the State shall be printed on the various ballots in the-proper ofiice division. All rules and regulations now prescribed by law shall be applied to the ballots that are printed under the provisions of this Act.
See. 6. Ballots mailed to soldier voters—The Election Commission shall mail to every qualified voter whose name appears on the general register in the Governor’s ofiice, and who is at the time stationed within the Continental United States, at least twenty-five days prior to any statewide primary, .one ballot for each of the various political parties that polled 10 per cent, or more, of the total vote cast at the previous general election. If candidates are to be nominated on a non-partisan ballot, the Commission shall mail one mon-partisan ballot to each absent voter who at the time is stationed within the Continental United States, which ballot shall be mailed to the address of said voter at the place at which he is stationed, as shown by the general register furnished by the Governor, and as appears on the outside of the red envelope. If the Army or Navy Department make any rules or regulations relating to the delivery of mail to persons in the military or naval service of the United States, the Commission shall comply with the regulations and be directed by the rulings of said War or Navy Department. The Commission shall also enclose with said ballot the red envelope heretofore referred to and a second envelope addressed to the “State Election Commission, Lincoln, Nebraska”; also a letter of instructions in substantially the following form:
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“TO ABSENT VOTERS OF THE STATE OF NEBRASKA IN THE MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE NATION OR STATE:
In accordance with the provisions of the laws of Nebraska, I am sending you herewith ofiicial primary ballots for the following political parties: (Here insert the names of parties whose ballots are enclosed). I am also enclosing a primary and oflficial non-partisan ballot, a red envelope and a secondenvelope, which is addressed to the “State Election Commission, Lincoln, Nebraska,” and this letter of instruction. Itis of the utmost importance that you carefully read and understand this instruction and the affidavit on the outside of the red envelope. In voting you are to use only'one official primary ballot and one oflieial non-partisan ballot. Destroy the ballots that are not used. Mark on the ballot of the political party with which you are affiliated your preference for office. Mark on the official primary ballot your preference for office. Mark on the official non-partisan primary ballot your preference for office. You can write in on these ballots under any office division the name of the person for whom you desire to vote and whose name is not printed on the ballot. Place the ballots that you have marked in the red envelope. Subscribe and swear to the affidavit on the outside .of said envelope before any commissioned American officer who is acquainted with you. A FAILURE TO RETURN THE RED ENVELOPE WILL PREVENT YOUR VOTE FROM BEING COUNTED. You are at liberty to make inquiry as to the proper way to cast your ballot, but in casting it you should do so privately. No one has any right to see or know how you vote. After enclosing your ballots, in the red envelope, seal said envelope up securely, enclose it in the other envelope, which is addressed to the State Election Commission, Lincoln, Nebraska. Seal up said envelope and place cents postage thereon. Do not make any identification marks of any kind on the outside of the envelope addressed to the State Election Commission. As your vote must be canvassed at Lincoln, Nebraska, on the day of it is important that you return your ballot immediately.
State Election Commission.