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      RS 18:565     


§565.  Challenge of voters

A.  Grounds for challenge.  A commissioner, watcher, or qualified voter may challenge a person applying to vote in a primary or general election on the ground that:

(1)  The applicant is not qualified to vote in the election,

(2)  The applicant is not qualified to vote in the precinct, or

(3)  The applicant is not the person whose name is shown on the precinct register.

B.  Disposition of record of challenge and address confirmation card.  The original record of the challenge, signed by the challenger, shall be placed in the envelope marked "Put in Voting Machine" and shall be preserved as part of the election returns.  The duplicate record of the challenge and address confirmation card shall be placed in the envelope marked "Registrar of Voters" and the envelope shall be attached to the precinct register.

C.  Disposition of the challenge.  The commissioners present shall determine the validity of the challenge.  If they determine by majority vote that the challenge is valid, the applicant shall not be permitted to vote.  However, if the valid challenge has determined that the applicant has moved within the parish or has moved outside the parish within the last three months, the voter shall be allowed to vote upon completing an address confirmation card.  If a majority of the commissioners determine that the challenge is invalid, the applicant shall be permitted to vote.

Acts 1976, No. 697, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1978.  Amended by Acts 1977, No. 523, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1978; Acts 1989, No. 179, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1990; Acts 1993, No. 418, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1994; Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 10, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1995; Acts 2001, No. 1181, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2002.

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