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(1) Instructions, as approved by the secretary of state pursuant to 13-19-205, MCA, shall be included with the ballot, the secrecy envelope, and the signature envelope as part of the packet mailed to the elector. The instructions shall detail the mechanical process which must be followed in order to properly cast the ballot. The instructions shall also:

(a) advise the elector that the election is to be by mail ballot only, that the elector must provide postage, if necessary, and that regular polling places will not open;

(b) list the location where the elector may obtain a replacement ballot if the elector's ballot is not received, or is destroyed, spoiled, or lost;

(c) list the location(s) where the elector may deposit the elector's ballot if the elector chooses not to mail it; and

(d) advise the elector that in order for the elector's ballot to be counted, it must be received in the election administrator's office no later than 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election, except as provided in 13-21-206 and 13-21-207, MCA; and

(e) include the information specified under ARM 44.9.202.

History: 13-19-105, MCA; IMP, 13-19-105, 13-19-205, MCA; NEW, 1985 MAR p. 1020, Eff. 7/26/85; AMD, 2010 MAR p. 1319, Eff. 5/28/10; AMD and TRANS, from 44.9.404, 2012 MAR p. 760, Eff. 4/13/12.

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