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Non-partisan ballots are prepared as follows: "Make a mark in the square to the left of the name of the person for whom you desire to vote. You can write in names in the proper spaces on said ballot of persons for whom you desire to vote.”
On other pages of this pamphlet shall appear under the heading of each county, the complete list of candidates that are to be voted for in said county at said general election. Said lists shall be a copy of the lists that are provided for in this section and shall in substance be a copy of the official ballot as it will appear in each of the various counties of the State. The pamphlet shall be so indexed that the voter can readily refer to the county of his residence.
Sec. 9. Official election ballots.—The State Election Commission shall, not later than the 20th day of September followirg any general primary election, prepare at least two official ballots and two official non-partisan ballots for each absent voter in the military or naval service in the United States, or in this State, as shown by the register furnished to the Commission by the Governor. Said ballots shall be similar in arrangements and form to the ballots that are now used at general elections, with the exception that the names of all candidates for offices of subdivisions smaller than a State office shall be omitted from said ballot, but blank spaces shall be left under each office division in which the names may be written by the voter. The names of all candidates who are nominated in the primary and are to be voted for by all the voters of the State shall be printed on said ballots. The laws relating to the printing, arrangement and form of the ballot shall apply.
On or before the 20th day of September succeeding any primary election the Commission shall prepare the red envelope as outlined in Section 5. The ballot used in the general election shall be the same as used in the primary election, except that the outside of the envelope used in the general election shall show that it is for the general instead of the primary election and shall give the date of the election. The blank forms on the outside of the red envelopes for the general election shall be filled out the same as provided in Sec. 5. After these envelopes and pamphlets have been prepared as herein provided, the Election Com
mission shall mail to every qualified voter who is in the military or naval service in the United States or this State who is absent from the State and whose name appears in the general register furnished the Election Commission by the Governor, the following: Two official ballots, two official non-partisan ballots, one red envelope, prepared in compliance with the provisions of this Act, copy of the pamphlet referred to in Sec. 8, one envelope addressed to the State Election Commission, and letter of Instructions to Voters. The foregoing shall be mailed at the following times, to-wit:
To voters who are stationed at points outside of the Conti. nental United States not later than the 20th day of September succeeding the primary.
To absent voters who are stationed at points within the United States not later than twenty-five days before the general election,
The letter of instructions referred to in this section shall be substantially as follows:
“TO ABSENT VOTERS OF THE STATE OF NEBRASKA IN THE MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OR OF THIS STATE:
In accordance with the provisions of the laws of Nebraska, I am sending you herewith two official ballots, two official nonpartisan ballots, one red envelope, one pamphlet of instructions, one envelope addressed to the State Election Commission, Lincoln, Nebraska, and this letter of instructions. It is of the utmost importance that you carefully read and understand these instructions and the affidavit on the outside of the red envelope. Examine the pamphlet enclosed. It contains instructions and a copy of the law under which you are voting. It also contains a complete list of all candidates that are to be elected to office in the county of your residence. If you are in doubt as to the names of persons who are candidates for the office for which they are candidates, you will find these listed under the name of the county of which you are a resident. In voting, you are to use only one official ballot and one official non-partisan ballot. The extra ballots are sent you to be used by you in case either of the others is
spoiled. Destroy the ballots not used by you. Do not return any but the ballots that are marked. In voting mark on the official ballot and on the official non-partisan ballot in the manner outlined in ‘Instructions to Voters,' found on page
-of this pamphlet, your choice for office. You can write in under the proper office division the name of any person for whom you desire to vote and whose name does not appear on these ballots. After marking the official ballot and the official non-partisan ballot, enclose one of the official ballots and one of the official nonpartisan ballots in the red envelope, seal up the same securely and thereafter subscribe and swear to the affidavit that appears on one side of the said red envelope before any commissioned officer in the Army or Navy of the United States that is acquainted
Then enclose the red envelope containing your official ballot and official non-partisan ballot in the envelope addressed to the State Election Commission, Lincoln, Nebraska.'
A failure to return the red envelope will prevent your vote from being counted. Seal up the envelope addressed to the State Election Commission, and place on it -cents postage. No ballots received after the
will be counted. It is important that you act promptly. Dated this -day of
State Election Commission.''
The method of voting at a general election under the provisions of this Act shall be the same as that provided for by the general election laws of the State. The instructions given to voters with reference to general election, except as modified by this Act, shall govern and control. The voter may write in on the ballot the name of any person for whom he desires to vote. The fact that such name is written will be sufficient to count for the person indicated. The general method of marking the ballot, both on candidates and constitutional amendments, laws initiated and laws referred, shall be the same as that provided by the general election laws of this State. A voter shall have the right to make inquiry of any source he may deem proper for information as to the proper method of casting his ballot. No one has any right to see or know how the voter casts his ballot. He shall not mark
his ballot in the presence of any one, unless he is unable to mark his ballot. In that instance he may require assistance.
After he marks his official ballot and his official non-partisan ballot he shall then insert them in the red envelope. Thereafter, he shall subscribe and swear to the affidavit on the back of the red envelope before a commissioned officer of the Army or Navy of the United States who is acquainted with him. He shall then securely seal the red envelope and insert it in the envelope audressed to the State Election Commission, seal up the enve'op: addressed to the State Election Commission and place sufficient postage thereon. There shall be no identification marks placed on the outside of the envelope addressed to the State Election Commission. The ballots not used should be destroyed. The Election Commission shall ascertain what postage is necessary to carry said envelope and shall insert the amount necessary to carry the same in the instructions sent to the voter as provided in this section.
All votes cast at a general election held under the provisions of this Act by absent voters, who at the time of the election are in the military or naval service of the State of Nebraska or of the United States, and who at said time are stationed within the Continental United States must be returned to the Commission before midnight of election day.
All votes cast at a general election under the provisions of this Act by absent voters, who are in the military or naval service of this State or the United States, and who at the time of holding the election are stationed at points outside of the Continental United States, must be returned and received by the Commission before midnight of the fourth Monday following the election.
The Commission shall count and canvass all votes received by it up to midnight of election day from absent voters, who ai the time of holding said election are stationed at points within the United States. Said Commission shall not canvass or count any ballots which are received by said Commission after twelve o'clock midnight on election day where it appears that a person who cast his ballot was on the day of election stationed at a point within the United States. The Commission shall not count
or canvass any ballot cast by an absent voter where it appears that the said absent voter was on the day of holding the election stationed at a point without the Continental United States which ballot was received by the Commission after midnight on the fourth Monday following the general election.
Sec. 10. Canvass of votes cast at primary election.—The Commission shall canvass all ballots cast under the provisions of this Act at any statewide primary or general election. The canvass of ballots cast at a statewide primary under the provisicns of this Act shall commence at ten o'clock A. M. on the Friday following the primary. The Commission shall as speedily as possible complete said canvass. Upon the completion of said canvass the Commission shall prepare an abstract of the votes cast by those voting under the provisions of this Act on the various offices. The Commission shall send a certified copy of the abstract of said vote to the various officers and boards upon whom the law places the duty of issuing certificates of nomination to candidates for office; a certified copy of the abstract of the votes cast on all candidates for county offices, in the several counties in the State, shall be sent to the County Clerk, or other officer whose duty it is in the county to issue certificates of nomination to the successful candidates; a certified copy of the abstract of votes cast on all candidates for office in the subdivisions larger than a county, so far as relates to the candidate in said subdivision, shall be sent to the proper officers or board whose duty it is to issue certificate of nomination to the successful candidate; a certified copy of the abstract of votes cast in so far as they relate to all officers to whom the Secretary of State issues certificates of nomination, shall be furnished to the Secretary of State; the various County Clerk, canvassing boards, Secretary of State, the State canvassing boards, and all officers and boards upon whom the law has placed the duty of canvassing votes, shall receive certified copy of abstract of the votes cast under the provisions of this Act, and proceed in canvassing the votes in the manner now provided for canvassing votes at the general primary. No canvassing board shall complete its canvass until the vote cast under the provisions of this Act has been returned, counted and canvassed as herein provided.