SEC. 23-15-635. Form of elector's certificate and attesting witness certification where county registrar is not attesting witness.
Section 23-15-635, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
23-15-635. (1) The form of the elector's certificate, attesting witness certification and certificate of person providing voter assistance on the back of the envelope used by voters who do not use the registrar of their county of residence as an attesting witness shall be as follows:
STATE OF __________
COUNTY OR PARISH OF __________
I, __________, do solemnly swear that this envelope contains the ballot marked by me indicating my choice of the candidates or propositions to be submitted at the election to be held on the ___ day of __________, 19___, and I hereby authorize the registrar to place this envelope in the ballot box on my behalf, and I further authorize the election managers to open this envelope and place my ballot among the other ballots cast before such ballots are counted, and record my name on the poll list as if I were present in person and voted.
I further swear that I marked the enclosed ballot in secret.
(Signature of voter)
CERTIFICATE OF ATTESTING WITNESS
Personally appeared before me, on this the ___ day of __________, 19___, the above-named voter, known by me to be the person named, who after being duly sworn or having affirmed, subscribed the foregoing oath or affirmation. That said voter exhibited to me his blank ballot; that said ballot was not marked or voted before the said voter exhibited the ballot to me; that said voter then retired out of my presence, but within my sight, and voted his ballot so that I could not see how he voted; that no one was present with said voter as he marked his ballot; that the said voter was not solicited or advised by me to vote for any candidate, question or issue, and that the voter, after marking his ballot, placed it in the envelope, closed and sealed the envelope in my presence, and signed and swore or affirmed the above certificate.
(Attesting witness) (Address)
(Official title) (City and State)
CERTIFICATE OF PERSON PROVIDING VOTER ASSISTANCE
(To be completed only if the voter has received assistance in marking the enclosed ballot.) I hereby certify that the above-named voter declared to me that he or she is blind, temporarily or permanently physically disabled, or cannot read or write, and that the voter requested that I assist the voter in marking the enclosed absentee ballot. I hereby certify that the ballot preferences on the enclosed ballot are those communicated by the voter to me, and that I have marked the enclosed ballot in accordance with the voter's instructions.
Signature of person providing assistance
Printed name of person providing assistance
Address of person providing assistance
Date and time assistance provided
Family relationship to voter (if any)
(2) The envelope used pursuant to this section shall not contain the form prescribed pursuant to Section 23-15-719.
SOURCES: Derived from 1972 Code Sec. 23-9-19 [(Codes, 1942, Sec. 3196-10; Laws, 1942, ch. 202; 1954, ch. 359, Sec. 10), Repealed by Laws, 1972, ch. 490, Sec. 604] and Sec. 23-9-413 [(Codes, Sec. 3203-403; Laws, 1972, ch. 490, Sec. 403) Repealed by Laws, 1986, ch. 495, Sec. 341]; En, Laws, 1986, ch. 495, Sec. 205, eff from and after January 1, 1987. Amended by Laws 1999, Ch. 420, Sec. 4, eff. from and after effectuation under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.