§3-9-2. Unlawful printing, possession or delivery of ballots; penalties

Published: 2015

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WVC 3-9-2

§3-9-2. Unlawful printing, possession or delivery of ballots;


No one, except the person employed and authorized by the

ballot commissioners to do so, shall print any ballot for any

election. No person engaged or employed in printing such ballots

shall deliver any ballot to any person except a member of the board

of ballot commissioners, or knowingly permit any other person to

obtain possession of any ballot; or print, or cause to be printed,

any ballot in any other form, or with the names of any other

persons thereon, or with the names thereon spelled or arranged in

any other manner than that prescribed by the ballot commissioners.

No person shall print, have in his possession, or deliver, any

imitation ballot having a similitude or likeness to the official

ballot, and which would be calculated to deceive: Provided,

however, That nothing herein contained shall prohibit any person

from printing or having in his possession a sample ballot printed

on paper of a color different from the official ballot, and not

calculated to deceive. Any person violating any provision of this

section shall be guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof,

shall be punished by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for not

less than one nor more than ten years.

Any person who shall unlawfully take or remove, with or

without the consent of the lawful custodian thereof, any ballot

from the place at which such ballots are lawfully kept for the time

being; or unlawfully remove or attempt to remove any ballot from the election room; or have in his possession outside of the

election room during the election any ballot, shall be guilty of a

felony, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in the

penitentiary not less than one nor more than five years, or, in the

discretion of the court, be confined in jail for not more than one


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