§15-9 Return and receipt of absentee ballots. (a) The return envelope shall be:
(1) Mailed and must be received by the clerk issuing the absentee ballot no later than the closing hour on election day in accordance with section 11-131; or
(2) Delivered other than by mail to the clerk issuing the absentee ballot, or to a voter service center no later than the closing hour on election day in accordance with section 11-131.
(b) Upon receipt of the return envelope from any person voting under this chapter, the clerk may prepare the ballots for counting pursuant to this section and section 15-10.
(c) Before opening the return and ballot envelopes and counting the ballots, the return envelopes shall be checked for the following:
(1) Signature on the affirmation statement;
(2) Whether the signature corresponds with the absentee request or register as prescribed in the rules adopted by the chief election officer; and
(3) Whether the person is a registered voter and has complied with the requirements of sections 11-15 and 11-16.
(d) If any requirement listed in subsection (c) is not met or if the return or ballot envelope appears to be tampered with, the clerk or the absentee ballot team official shall mark across the face of the envelope "invalid" and it shall be kept in the custody of the clerk and disposed of as prescribed for ballots in section 11-154. [L 1975, c 36, pt of §3; am L 1976, c 106, §4(4); am L 1979, c 133, §8; am L 1980, c 248, §1(f); am L 1983, c 34, §22; am L 1985, c 203, §8; am L 1993, c 304, §10; am L 2019, c 136, §30]