Chapter 5.20
BALLOTS

Sections:

5.20.010    Ballot form.

5.20.020    Sample ballots.

5.20.030    Preparation and distribution.

5.20.040    Propositions – Clarity – Conciseness.

5.20.010 Ballot form.

(a)    Ballots shall be prepared in the manner prescribed by law for state elections, insofar as such prescription is applicable to nonpartisan elections. The ballots shall be numbered in series to assure simplicity and secrecy and to prevent fraud.

(b)    All candidates to the same office shall be shown on one ballot. The title of each office to be filled shall be followed by the printed names of all candidates for that office, and provision shall be made for write-ins equal in number to the positions to be filled for each office. The names of candidates shall be printed as they appear upon the nominating petitions except that any honorary or assumed title or prefix shall be omitted. The words “Vote for not more than ____,” with the appropriate number replacing the blank, shall be placed before the lists of candidates for each office. The ballot shall be designed with the position of names of the candidates set out in the same order in each section on each ballot used in that election. The order for placement on the ballot of the names of the candidates for each office shall be established by the random drawing of each name by the borough clerk after the filing period closes.

(c)    Following the offices and candidates, there shall be placed on the ballot or on separate ballots as determined by the borough clerk all propositions or questions to be voted on. The words “YES” and “NO” shall appear below each proposition.

(d)    Each ballot shall bear the words “Official Ballot,” and the date of the election.

(e)    The borough ballot may be combined with the ballot of any other political entity holding an election at the same time within the borough or any portion thereof. [Ord. No. 1357, §2, 7-5-05. Code 1974 §25.40.010.]

5.20.020 Sample ballots.

The borough clerk shall have sample ballots printed on tinted paper identical in form to the official ballots to be used in each election. Sample ballots shall be distributed for each polling place identical to official ballots to be used at that polling place; and sample ballots identical to all official ballots for the election shall be retained in the borough clerk’s office for distribution to the public on request. [Ord. No. 1357, §2, 7-5-05. Code 1974 §25.40.020.]

5.20.030 Preparation and distribution.

(a)    The borough clerk shall obtain the printing of all ballots for borough elections. The borough clerk shall possess the printed ballots at least 20 days before each borough election. At that time, the ballots may be inspected by any candidate whose name is on the ballot, or by his authorized agent, and any discovered mistake shall be corrected immediately.

(b)    The borough clerk shall arrange for sufficient sample and official ballots for the registered voters of each precinct to be delivered to the election boards on or before the date of the election before the opening of the polls. A receipt for the ballots shall be taken from the election board to which it is delivered. [Ord. No. 1357, §2, 7-5-05. Code 1974 §25.40.030.]

5.20.040 Propositions – Clarity – Conciseness.

All ballot propositions shall be stated in a concise and clear language to avoid verbosity and with the object of informing and advising the voter of the issue in a clear and forthright manner. All ballot propositions shall be stated in the affirmative and not the negative so that a yes vote will always mean that the voter approves of the affirmative of a position and not the negative; and a no vote disapproves the affirmative statement of an issue. Ballot propositions shall not be used to obtain a negative result by the casting of a yes vote. Words of multi-syllables will be avoided in ballot propositions, and simple sentences shall be used in preference to complex or compound sentences, with the object of making ballot propositions understandable to the average reader. [Ord. No. 1357, §2, 7-5-05. Code 1974 §25.40.040.]