SEC. 23-15-367. Arrangement of names of candidates, order of titles of offices, and printing of official ballot generally; order in which titles of various offices are to be listed on the ballot; furnishing of sample of official ballot; alphabetical arrangement in primary elections.
(1) Except as otherwise provided by Sections 23-15-974 through 23-15-985 and subsection (2) of this section, the arrangement of the names of the candidates, and the order in which the titles of the various offices shall be printed, and the size, print and quality of paper of the official ballot is left to the discretion of the officer charged with printing the official ballot; but the arrangement need not be uniform.
(2) The titles for the various offices shall be listed in the following order:
(a) Candidates for national office;
(b) Candidates for statewide office;
(c) Candidates for state district office;
(d) Candidates for legislative office;
(e) Candidates for countywide office;
(f) Candidates for county district office.
The order in which the titles for the various offices are listed within each of the categories listed in this subsection is left to the discretion of the officer charged with printing the official ballot.
(3) It is the duty of the Secretary of State, with the approval of the Governor, to furnish the designated commissioner of each county a sample of the official ballot, not less than fifty-five (55) days prior to the election, the general form of which shall be followed as nearly as practicable * * *.
SOURCES: Derived from 1972 Code Sec. 23-5-139 [Codes, 1892, Sec. 3656; 1906, Sec. 4163; Hemingway's 1917, Sec. 6797; 1930, Sec. 6234; 1942, Sec. 3263; Laws, 1970, ch. 506, Sec. 26; 1978, ch. 391, Sec. 2; 1984, ch. 401, Sec. 5; Repealed by Laws, 1986, ch. 495, Sec. 335]; En, Laws, 1986, ch. 495, Sec. 113, eff from and after January 1, 1987. Laws, 1994, ch 564, Sec. 92, eff from and after September 6, 1994 (the date the United States Attorney General interposed no objection to the amendment of this section). Amended by Laws 2000, Ch. 592, Sec. 8, SB2810, eff. from and after effectuation under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.
PREVIOUS VERSIONS: Pre-2000