<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><head><meta charset="UTF-8" /><title></title><meta name="Generator" content="PowerTools for Open XML" /><style>span { white-space: pre-wrap; } p.sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0 { margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0; margin-left: 0; margin-right: 0; text-indent: 0.00in; text-align: justify; background: white; font-family: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 108%; } span.sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0 { color: black; background: white; font-family: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin: 0; padding: 0; } span.sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000000 { color: #0000FF; background: white; font-family: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; margin: 0; padding: 0; } span.sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000001 { color: black; background: white; font-family: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; margin: 0; padding: 0; } span.sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397000002 { color: black; background: white; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin: 0; padding: 0; } span.sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003 { color: black; background: #FFFFFF; font-family: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin: 0; padding: 0; } span.sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397000004 { color: black; background: #FFFFFF; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin: 0; padding: 0; } span.sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000005 { color: #0000FF; background: white; font-family: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin: 0; padding: 0; } </style></head><body><div><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0"></span><a href="https://sdlegislature.gov/Rules?Rule=05:02:23:09"><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000000">05:02:23:09</span></a><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000001">.Auditing procedures.</span><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0"> </span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">The following procedure must be used in auditing a precinct by manually counting the ballots</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">:</span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397000002"> </span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">(1)</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">The post-election auditing board shall review ballots for proper marking procedure according to the voting instructions below. The post-election auditing board shall determine the votes to count as follows</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">:</span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397000002"> </span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">(a)</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">A</span><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003"> mark that is inside the oval on an optical scan ballot is counted as a vote</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003">;</span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003">(b)</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003">Any mark on an optical scan ballot that does not touch the oval and is not in the oval may not be counted as a vote</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003">;</span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003">(c)</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003">A mark on an optical scan ballot that touches two or more ovals is an over-vote and not counted</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003">;</span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003">(d)</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003">A write-in vote may not be counted; and</span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003">(e)</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003">Express votes are to be counted as shown on the Express vote ballot;</span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397000004"> </span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000003">(2)</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">A majority vote of the post-election auditing board shall determine any question arising from the post-election audit; and</span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">(3)</span><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">The post-election auditing board shall certify the results as manually counted for the post-election audit by completing the certificate of post-election audit as provided in </span><a href="https://sdlegislature.gov/Rules?Rule=05:02:23:12"><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000005">5:02:23:12</span></a><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">. The board shall file the certificate of post-election audit with the county auditor</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">.</span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397000002"> </span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0"></span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000001">Source:</span><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0"> </span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">50 SDR 66, effective December 5, 2023</span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">.</span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0"></span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000001">General Authority:</span><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0"> SDCL </span><a href="https://sdlegislature.gov/Statutes?Statute=12-1-9"><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000005">12-1-9</span></a><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">(4)(11).</span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0"></span><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000001">Law Implemented:</span><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0"> SDCL </span><a href="https://sdlegislature.gov/Statutes?Statute=12-17B-18"><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000005">12-17B-18</span></a><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">, </span><a href="https://sdlegislature.gov/Statutes?Statute=12-17B-20"><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000005">12-17B-20</span></a><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">, </span><a href="https://sdlegislature.gov/Statutes?Statute=12-17B-22"><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0-000005">12-17B-22</span></a><span class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397C0">.</span></p><p dir="ltr" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397P0"><span xml:space="preserve" class="sbe74704c-e0f4-40c8-abd9-a9720def6397000002"> </span></p></div></body></html>