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ARTICLE XXXVI CITY ETHICS COMMISSION; SPECIAL
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CHAPTER VIII
POLLING PLACE PROCEDURES
Article A – Precinct Boards
Sec. 800.  Establishment and Composition of Precinct Boards.
(a)   Precinct Boards shall be established as prescribed in Sections 402 and 403 of the Charter.  The Precinct Boards shall be those persons staffing and operating the polling places to conduct the holding of the election in accordance with the Charter and this Code.
(b)   The Precinct Board for a Primary Nominating or General Municipal Election will consist, to the extent feasible, of one Inspector and three clerks; except that in the case of any election held in the Los Angeles Unified School District outside of the City the number of Precinct Board Members for each precinct or consolidated precinct may consist of one Inspector and two clerks.  For any Special City election, the number of Precinct Board Members for each precinct or consolidated precinct may consist of one Inspector and two clerks.
(c)   Whenever feasible, Precinct Board Members appointed for a Primary Nominating election shall also be Precinct Board Members for the following General Municipal Election.
(d)   The City may assign City employees and others to assist the Precinct Boards.
(e)   This Chapter applies only to elections conducted by the City Clerk.
Sec. 801.  Selection and Appointment of Precinct Board Members.
(a)   Any registered voter may file an application for the position of Precinct Board Member on forms prepared by the City Clerk.
(b)   The City Clerk shall have the sole responsibility to select and appoint persons to serve as Precinct Board Members.  The City Clerk shall establish procedures to recruit, train and evaluate potential Precinct Board Members to ensure that the persons selected are both qualified and prepared to serve as Precinct Board Members.
(c)   The City Clerk shall provide written notification to each person appointed to be a Precinct Board Member. The notification shall include the position to which the person has been appointed, the address of the polling place where the person will serve, the training schedule, the penalty for failure to serve, and any other information the City Clerk may determine to be necessary for the Precinct Board Members.  The notification to the head of the Precinct Board, known as the Inspector, shall also include the name and address of the other persons appointed to serve with the Inspector in that precinct, and the position to which each person has been appointed.
Sec. 802.  Precinct Board Member Qualifications.
(a)   In accordance with Section 403 of the Charter, and except as provided in Section 803, each Precinct Board Member will be a registered voter of the City, or of the Los Angeles Unified School District in the case of a Board of Education election; and, as far as practical, he or she will reside either in the precinct or within a general area surrounding the precincts in which he or she serves.
(b)   Precinct Board Members must be able to read and write the English language.
(c)   No candidate who has taken out papers for nomination, nor a member of the candidate’s immediate family, shall be permitted to act as a Precinct Board Member.
Sec. 803.  Additional Precinct Board Members.
For each precinct, the City Clerk may appoint five or fewer additional assistants who qualify under Subsections (a) or (b) of this Section.  The additional assistants shall serve under the direct supervision of Precinct Board Members designated by the City Clerk.
(a)   Student assistants may be appointed, notwithstanding lack of eligibility to vote, so long as the student is at least 16 years of age and is a United States Citizen or will be a citizen at the time of the election, or is eligible to serve as a precinct worker under the State Election Code.  The student assistant also must be a student in good standing at a public or private secondary educational institution.
(b)   Additional assistants may be appointed who are eligible to serve as precinct workers under the State Election Code.
(c)   No person appointed under this provision shall be used by a Precinct Board to tally votes.
Sec. 804.  Precinct Boards of Consolidated Precincts.
Precinct Board Members in consolidated precincts will,as far as practical, reside either in the precincts or within a general area surrounding the precincts in which they serve.
Sec. 805.  Filling of Precinct Board Vacancies.
(a)   Vacancies occurring in any Precinct Board before the day of election shall be filled by the City Clerk.  In constituting Precinct Boards, the City Clerk may excuse persons appointed whom the City Clerk is satisfied ought to be excused.  The City Clerk may substitute new appointees in all cases when any person appointed is excused or found disqualified or incompetent, by rescinding the appointment and so notifying the person, in which case the City Clerk shall send to the Inspector of the precinct an amended list of Precinct Board Members appointed.  Any person who has accepted an appointment as a Precinct Board Member and who has not been excused from serving by the City Clerk shall serve in that capacity.
(b)   Should a vacancy occur in any Precinct Board on the day of election, the remaining members thereof shall fill the vacancy.  If none of the Precinct Board Members appear at the opening of the polling place, the City Clerk, or the voters of the precinct present at that time, may appoint a board.
(c)   If during the progress of the election any clerk ceases to act or becomes incapacitated from acting, the Inspector shall appoint another person to act in the clerk’s place, but if the cessation or incapacity is merely temporary, the duties of the absent member shall be performed by one of the other members to be designated by the Inspector, or in the Inspector’s absence, by the board.  If the Inspector ceases to act or becomes incapacitated, the remaining members of the board shall designate one of their number to perform the duties until the vacancy is filled.
Sec. 806.  Precinct Board Compensation.
The Precinct Board Members shall receive compensation as the City Council may fix by ordinance, to be paid out of the City Treasury.
Sec. 807.  Assignment or Transfer of Compensation.
(a)   A Precinct Board Member shall not assign or in any manner transfer the compensation which the Precinct Board Member will receive or be entitled to receive for service as a Precinct Board Member until after the returns of the election from the precinct where the Precinct Board Member served as a Precinct Board Member has been sealed and delivered, as provided by this Code.
(b)   It is unlawful for any person or corporation to receive any assignment or transfer of the compensation of any Precinct Board Member for the Precinct Board Member’s services, or pay or advance any money to or for the use of a Precinct Board Member, until the election returns from the Precinct Board Member’s precinct have been sealed and delivered, as provided in this Code.
Sec. 808.  Prohibition against Influencing Precinct Board.
(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person, other than as authorized by the City Clerk, to issue any instructions to the Precinct Board Members regarding the conduct of any City election, and it shall also be unlawful for any of the members of the Precinct Board to carry out any instructions so received which are contrary to the election laws.  All instructions pertaining to the conduct of the election shall be issued by the City Clerk and forwarded to the members of the Precinct Boards, and only the instructions so received from the City Clerk shall be complied with.
(b)   In addition to other restrictions provided in state and City law, it shall be unlawful for any candidate or representative of any candidate to provide any money or other valuable consideration, including free food or drink, to Precinct Board Members in connection with their election duties.
Article B – Polling Places
Sec. 809.  Selection of and Compensation for Polling Places.
(a)   The City Clerk shall select and contract for the use of a suitable polling place for each precinct, or consolidated precincts, for all City elections conducted by the City Clerk, and shall utilize, insofar as possible, rooms in schools and other public buildings.
(b)   If suitable arrangements for a polling place within any precinct cannot be made, the City Clerk may designate a polling place for a precinct in any nearby precinct. 
(c)   The City Clerk may also co-locate two or more voting precincts into a single polling place, if the co-location will improve the timely identification of the polling place and will not adversely impact the operation of the polling place.
(d)   The amount of rent to be paid shall be fixed by the City Council by ordinance.
Sec. 810.  Primary and General Election Polling Places.
Whenever feasible, the polling places used for a Primary Nominating Election shall be the same as those used for the subsequent General Municipal Election.
Sec. 811.  Change of Polling Place.
(a)   Whenever it becomes necessary to change the location of a polling place prior to the day of election, the City Clerk shall select another place, and if polling place notices have already been mailed the City Clerk shall mail to each registered voter in the precinct a notice of the change, provided time will permit the notice reaching the voters prior to the election.  If time does not permit a notice of change reaching the voters before the election, the City Clerk shall then post a notice,or otherwise provide information to the voters, of the change at or near the first polling place selected.
(b)   If, on the day of election, for any valid reason, the polling place designated for any precinct cannot be used, the Precinct Board acting for that precinct shall select another polling place as near thereto as possible, and shall post a notice,or otherwise provide information to the voters, of the change on or near the place first designated, and forthwith proceed to conduct the election at the new location.  The Precinct Board shall immediately notify the City Clerk by telephone of the reason for the change and give the new address and description of the polling place.
Sec. 812.  Prohibition against Locating Polling Place in Location Whose Primary Operation is the Dispensing or Selling of Alcoholic Beverages.
A polling place shall not be located in any place whose primary operation is the dispensing or selling ofalcoholic beverages.
Sec. 813.  Prohibition against Locating Polling Place in a Candidate’s Residence or Business.
A polling place shall not be located in the residence of, or business or other facility owned or controlled by, a candidate or immediate family member of a candidate.
Sec. 814.  Display of American Flag.
An American flag, of which size as may be determined by the City Clerk, shall be displayed in a conspicuous location on the premises in front of the polling place.
Sec. 815.  Electioneering and Intimidation.
(a)   No person shall do any electioneering, solicit a vote, or speak to a voter on the subject of marking the voter’s ballot on Election Day within 100 feet of the entrance to the polling place, location where the voters are voting or an elections official’s office;  this includes the audible dissemination of information that advocates for or against any candidate or measure on the ballot; nor shall any vehicle that has a banner or placard soliciting a vote or recommending any candidate or measure remain standing within 100 feet of the entrance to the polling place, location where the voters are voting, or an elections official’s office except for the discharge or loading of passengers, nor shall any person or persons loiter on the premises while the polling place is open. Electioneering is further defined as inclusive of, but not limited to, any of the following:
(1)   a display of a candidate’s name, likeness or logo;
(2)   a display of a ballot measure’s number title, subject, or logo;
(3)   buttons, hats, pencils, pens, shirts, signs, or stickers containing electioneering information;
(b)   No person shall place a sign relating to a voters’ qualifications or speak to a voter on the subject of his or her qualifications except as provided in Section 901.
Sec. 816.  Observation of Polling Place Operations.
(a)   Members of the public may be present in the polling place to monitor and observe the polling place operations throughout the election including the close-out of the polling place, but they shall not, in any way, interfere with any voter or hinder the Precinct Board Members in carrying out their appointed duties. The members of the public may also review the Roster of Registered Voters under the observation of a Precinct Board Member, provided that the review must not in any way interfere with the duties of the Precinct Board Members.
(b)   Filming, photographing or otherwise recording is allowed inside and outside the polling place provided that the person filming does not, in any way, interfere with any voter or hinder the precinct Board Members in carrying out their appointed duties. Any person filming, photographing, or otherwise recording is subject to the following: 
(1)    Anyone wishing to film inside the polling place must: 
(i)   Obtain the consent of the voters and precinct board members who are inside prior to filming;
(ii)   Not violate a voters' privacy in the voting booth; and
(iii)   Not film any election material that can identify a voter including but not limited to, the Roster of Voters, voted ballot, and Index of Voters.
(2)    Voters may not be filmed, photographed, or otherwise recorded entering or exiting the polling place without their consent.
(c)    Exit interviews may be conducted with the voters’ consent but must be done so at least 25 feet away from the entrance to the polling place after the voters have cast their ballot.
Article C – Polling PlaceSupplies
Sec. 817.  Provision of Equipment and Supplies to Polling Place.
The City Clerk shall prepare, procure and provide for each polling place an adequate number of voting booths, voting equipment, a ballot box or equivalent equipment, and all ballots, printed forms, and supplies of every description necessary to the conduct of City elections conducted by the City Clerk.  The City Clerk may assemble the equipment and supplies as necessary for the efficient opening and operation of the polling place, and further may print individual forms or combine and include in one binding an assortment of forms as are required to the holding of any City election conducted by the City Clerk.
Sec. 818.  Equipment and Supplies for Concurrent Election.
Where a City election conducted by the City Clerk is scheduled to be held on the same day as a county, state or another city election, but not consolidated therewith, or consolidated but using separate ballots, the City Clerk shall furnish each polling place with the equipment and supplies necessary for the conduct of City elections. Special instructions shall be issued to the Precinct Boards by the City Clerk regarding polling place procedures to be followed for these types of elections.
Sec. 819.  Provision of Digest of Duties.
The City Clerk shall prepare a brief digest of the Los Angeles City election laws pertaining to the duties of Precinct Board Members, with specific reference to the Code and Charter sections involved.  One or more copies of the digest shall be included in each supply box and shall be used in every City election conducted by the City Clerk.
Sec. 820.  Receipt for Equipment and Supplies.
(a)   The City Clerk shall prepare a receipt for election equipment and supplies provided to each polling place, on which shall be enumerated the items provided and the time and date of receipt. This receipt shall be signed by the Inspector or some other Precinct Board Member, or someone designated by the Inspector.  Upon acceptance of the supplies the receipt shall forthwith be returned to the City Clerk’s office by the person providing the supplies.
(b)   If the equipment and supplies are provided to someone other than the Inspector, the Inspector shall be notified as soon as possible by the person signing the receipt.  The Inspector, or other designated board member, upon receiving the equipment and supplies shall immediately examine each item against the equipment and supply list to confirm that no items are missing.  The package containing the Official Ballots shall be opened in a manner as to preserve the seal or ballot label and an examination of the contents thereof shall be made to see that all of the ballots enumerated on the label pasted on the outside of the package have been received.
Article DOpening of the Polling Place
Sec. 821.  Arrival at the Polling Place.
All Precinct Board Members shall arrive at the polling place at least one-half hour before the time set for the opening of the polling place to erect the voting booths, set up voting equipment,arrange tables, and distribute supplies, all for the proper conduct of the election.
Sec. 822.  Declaration to Faithfully Discharge Duties.
(a)   On the day of election, before entering upon the performance of the Precinct Board Member’s duties, each Precinct Board Member shall sign a declaration to faithfully discharge the duties of a Precinct Board Member.  The Precinct Board Member’s signature shall be witnessed by any other Precinct Board Member and no one shall be able to act as a Precinct Board Member until they have complied with this provision.
(b)   Any Precinct Board Member may administer and certify oaths required to be administered during the progress of an election.  This authorization shall include the power to give any type of oath required of a public employee.
Sec. 823.  Polling Place Set Up.
In addition to the regular duties assigned to them, the Precinct Board Members shall apportion among themselves, as they deem most advantageous, the following duties required in the conduct of the election:
  (a)   Before the polling place is opened the American flag shall be hung in a conspicuous place in front of the polling place, either horizontally or vertically, with the union (the area with the stars) upper-most to the flag’s own right, and to the observer’s left.  The placard furnished by the City Clerk reading “No electioneering within 100 feet of the polling place” shall be posted outside of the polling place so that it is clearly visible.
(b)   In the most convenient place for the voters, the voting equipment and booths shall be set up and each unit shall include all of the equipment, supplies, and instructions required by law and necessary to enable the voters to initiate and complete the act of voting. The voting booths and ballot box,or equivalent equipment, shall be arranged so that they will not be hidden from the view of the voters, any observers and the Precinct Board Members.
(c)   Before opening the polling place (if this duty has not already been performed) any or all Precinct Board Members shall open the supply box and check the contents with the articles enumerated on the list inside of the supply box to see that all of the supplies have been received.
(d)   Before the polling place opens, the package containing the Official Ballots shall be examined, and a check made to see that all of the ballots enumerated on the label pasted on the outside of the package have been received, and the total number of ballots shall then be entered in the appropriate place on the Roster Ballot Reconciliation sheet.
(e)   Before the polling place opens, any electronic voting equipment to be used shall be activated and the start up sequence shall be initiated, pursuant to instructions issued by the City Clerk, to ensure that the voting equipment is ready for use by the voters.
(f)   On a table or tables staffed by the Precinct Board Members there shall be placed the Official Ballots,or in the case of electronic voting equipment the activation cards, or equivalent device, the Roster of Registered Voters including any applicable Vote-By-Mail or Early Voting lists,all other multilingual voting materials provided including but not limited to Official Sample Ballots/Voter Information Pamphlets, and any other supplies needed for the voter sign-in process.
(g)   All other supplies not in immediate use shall be preserved carefully for use when needed either during the progress of the election or when closing the polling place and conducting the required close-out reconciliation activities.
Sec. 824.  Replacement of Equipment and Supplies.
The Inspector or other Precinct Board Member shall immediately notify the City Clerk if any of the equipment or supplies necessary to conduct the election are either missing or not functioning properly. Upon receipt of the notification, the City Clerk shall deliver the necessary replacement equipment or supplies to the polling place as soon as possible.
Sec. 825.  Prohibition against Destruction or Removal of Instructions, Supplies and Equipment.
No person shall destroy,deface or remove any of the equipment, supplies or instructions placed in the polling place.
Sec. 826.  Hours of Election.
The polling place shall be open for the purpose of voting at 7:00 a.m. and shall be kept open continuously until the hour of 8:00 p.m. on the day of each City election.
Sec. 827.  Announcement of the Opening of the Polling Place.
The Precinct Board, before it issues any ballots,or in the case of electronic voting equipment the ballot activation cards, or equivalent device, shall proclaim aloud at the entrance of the polling place that the polling place is open.
Article E – Polling Place Operations
Sec. 828.  Commencement of Voting.
Voting may commence as soon as the polling place is open, and shall continue during all of the time the polling place remains open.
Sec. 829.  Proximity to Voting Booth and Ballot Box.
(a)   Only voters engaged in receiving, preparing, or depositing their ballots or ballot activation cards, or equivalent device, Precinct Board Members, and persons authorized by the Precinct Board to keep order and enforce the law, may be permitted to be within six feet of the ballot box, booths or compartments, or voting machines while the polling place is open.
(b)   Notwithstanding the above, a voter may be accompanied to the voting booth by minor children under their care or by up to two other adult persons, designated by the voter, if the voter requires assistance while voting.
Sec. 830.  Ballot Box.
Before any Official Ballots,or in the case of electronic voting equipment, the ballot activation cards, or equivalent device, are issued or permitted to be voted, the ballot box or equivalent equipment shall be opened by some Precinct Board Member and the interior thereof exposed to the view of all persons assembled at the polling place, in order to make certain that no ballots are contained therein.  Thereafter the ballot box or equivalent equipment shall be closed and properly secured, be kept constantly in sight of all persons entitled to be present, and shall not be opened until the polling place is finally closed.  The ballot box or equivalent equipment shall be so placed in the room so that a voter returning a voted ballot to be deposited therein, the Precinct Board Members and all persons entitled to be present can conveniently see the ballot box.  The ballot box or equivalent equipment shall not be removed from the polling place or the presence of the observers until all the ballots are removed, reconciled and prepared for transport to the vote tally center.
Sec. 831.  Absence from the Polling Place.
Not more than one Precinct Board Member shall be absent from the polling place at any one time and for a period not to exceed one hour.
Sec. 832.  Voter Sign-In.
Any voter desiring to vote shall announce the name and address to the Precinct Board Member in charge of the Index of Registered Voters, and if the name is found thereon, a Precinct Board Member shall repeat the name and address, whereupon a challenge may be issued.  If there is no challenge, or if it is overruled, the voter shall then be permitted to write the appropriate name and address (or, if the voter is unable to write, shall have it written by another person) on the Roster of Registered Voters.  The Index of Registered Voters shall include all eligible voters as determined by the Registrar- Recorder.
Sec. 833.  Confirmation of Vote-By-Mail or Early Voting Status.
Before a ballot,or in the case of electronic voting equipment, the ballot activation card, or equivalent device, is issued to any voter, one of the Precinct Board Members shall ascertain whether the name of the voter is on the Vote-By-Mail, Early Voting or list of voters challenged.  Nothing in this section shall limit the ability of the voter to vote a Provisional Ballot pursuant to Chapter IX.
Sec. 834.  Change of Voter Surname.
If the surname of any voter offering to vote has changed since the voter has registered, the voter shall sign the appropriate name as it was before the change and the appropriate name as it is at the time the voter votes, indicating on the Roster of Registered Voters by brackets or other means that the two names are those of one voter.
Sec. 835.  Issuing Ballot.
The Precinct Board Member shall give each voter only one City ballot, or in the case of electronic voting equipment one ballot activation card or equivalent device,(except as otherwise authorized in this Code) in the consecutive order of their numbering, as applicable.
Sec. 836.  Ballots in Concurrent Elections.
Whenever a City election is conducted on the same day as another city, county or State election, but not consolidated therewith, or consolidated but having a separate ballot, the Precinct Board shall follow the instructions as provided by the City Clerk for each jurisdiction for processing voters and ballots to guarantee that the elections are administered according to the appropriate rules, and ballots are returned to the proper location for canvass and reporting.
Sec. 837.  Voting Instructions.
The Precinct Board Member who issues a ballot,or in the case of electronic voting equipment, the ballot activation card, or equivalent device, to any voter shall orally request each voter to read the instructions to voters as printed on top of the ballot or other media and to mark the ballot accordingly.
Sec. 838.  Time Allotted for Voting.
Upon receiving the ballot, the voter shall, for the purpose of casting the vote, go immediately to one of the unoccupied booths or compartments.  The voter shall remain in the voting booth or compartment only as long as reasonably necessary to complete the voting of their ballot.  Not more than one voter at a time shall be permitted to occupy a booth or compartment, except as provided for in Section 829 of this Code.
Sec. 839.  Compliance with Voting Instructions.
In voting for candidates or measures, the voter shall comply with the instructions on the ballot, the voting equipment or other media provided by the City Clerk and compliance with those instructions shall require the City Clerk to count the votes so cast.  A votermay vote for a qualified write-in candidatewhose name is not printed on the ballot or displayed on the voting equipmentby writing or entering the name of that candidatefor that office in the space provided therefor, in which case thevote for that office shall be counted for the candidate whose name is so written or entered.
Sec. 840.  Preservation of Anonymity of Voter.
A voter shall not place any mark upon the ballot by which it may afterwards be identified as the one voted by that voter.
Sec. 841.  Use of Secrecy Envelope.
When using a paper ballot with a secrecy envelope, before leaving the voting booth or compartment, the voter shall place the ballot in the secrecy envelope provided, without displaying the voting marks on its face, and shall not show it to anyone in a way as to reveal its contents, except that a voter may voluntarily disclose how he or she voted if that voluntary act does not violate any other law.
Sec. 842.  Return and Deposit of Ballot.
After placing the paper ballot in the secrecy envelope, the voter shall deliver it to a Precinct Board Member, who shall then separate from the ballot the slip containing the number and hand the ballot stub to the voter.  The Precinct Board Member shall then deposit the ballot in the ballot box.  No ballot shall be deposited in the ballot box until the ballot stub has been removed and handed to the voter. No Precinct Board Member shall attempt to find out how anyone has voted, place any mark or device on any ballot, nor permit any others to do so.
Sec. 843.  Return of Ballot Activation Card.
When using electronic voting equipment, the voter shall return the ballot activation card or equivalent device to a Precinct Board Member immediately after completion of voting.  The voter shall retain any voting receipt issued by either the voting equipment or the Precinct Board Member.
Sec. 844.  Prohibition against Disclosure of Vote or Intended Vote.
While in the polling place, no voter shall declare to anyone else how the voter intends to or has voted, nor shall anyone ask another person at a polling place how the voter intends to or has voted.  A Precinct Board Member shall not disclose how a voter has voted.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, a voter may voluntarily disclose how he or she voted if that voluntary act does not violate any other law.
Sec. 845.  Issuance of Official Ballot Only.
A Precinct Board Member shall not issue to a voter, nor deposit in the ballot box, nor count, any ballot other than that furnished by the City Clerk.
Sec. 846.  Return of Official Ballot Only.
A voter shall not deliver to the Precinct Board, or to any of its members, any ballot other than the one the voter has received from the Precinct Board Member authorized by law to furnish the voter with the Official Ballot.  Only a Precinct Board Member may receive from a voter a ballot marked by the voter.  No one may examine or solicit the voter to reveal the votes on the ballot.
Sec. 847.  Right to Receive Replacement Ballots.
If any voter spoils a ballot,the voter shall be entitled toobtain additional ballots, one at a time, not exceeding two additional ballots in all, upon returning each spoiled one to the Precinct Board Member having charge of Official Ballots.
Sec. 848.  Disposition of Spoiled Ballots.
The Precinct Board shall immediately cancel all spoiled ballots returned, by writing on the back in ink the words “Spoiled by Voter,” and a majority of the Precinct Board Members affixing their signatures thereto.  A record of the number of spoiled ballots shall be kept and entered on the Roster Ballot Reconciliation sheet.
Sec. 849.  Disposition of Non-Voted Ballot.
(a)   If a voter, who has signed the Roster of Registered Voters and has been issued a ballot, or in the case of electronic voting equipment a ballot activation card, or equivalent device, decides that the voter does not wish to vote, the voter shall return the ballot or the ballot activation card to the Precinct Board Member having charge of Official Ballots, whereupon, in the case of a paper ballot, it shall be canceled by the drawing of an “X” or similar mark of not less than three inches in size, by the marking of the words “Returned not Voted,” and the affixing of the signatures by a majority of the Precinct Board Members on the face of the ballot. In the case of electronic voting equipment, the City Clerk shall give instructions to Precinct Board Members on non-voted ballots.
(b)   A line shall be drawn through the voter’s name on the Roster of Registered Voters and the words “Ballot returned-did not vote” written above the voter’s name, together with initials of the Precinct Board Member having charge of the Roster of Registered Voters.  The voter’s name shall then be entered on the certificate in the Roster of Registered Voters and signed by all Precinct Board Members, and a record made on the Roster Ballot Reconciliation sheet.
Sec. 850.  Removal of Ballot from Polling Place.
No one shall take a ballot, ballot activation card, voting equipment or equivalent device from the polling place, except as provided in Section 851(b). 
Sec. 851.  Assistance Provided to Voter.
(a)   When a voter declares under oath, administered by any Precinct Board Member at the time the voter appears at the polling place to vote, that the voter is unable to mark a ballot, the voter shall receive the assistance of not more than two persons selected by the voter.
(b)   In those polling places which are not accessible to persons with disabilities, a voter with disability may appear outside the polling place and vote a regular ballot.  Voters may vote the ballot in a place which is as near as possible to the polling place and which is accessible to persons with disabilities.  A Precinct Board Member shall take a regular ballot to the voter, qualify the voter to vote, and return the voted ballot to the polling place to be deposited in the ballot box.
(c)   Voters requiring foreign language assistance at the polling place may be assisted by their own interpreters.  Voters may also request assistance from the Precinct Board Members.  If a Precinct Board Member is able to provide assistance in the language requested, that member shall do so personally.  If no Precinct Board Member is able to personally provide assistance, the Precinct Board Members shall provide assistance by way of a non-English language assistance program authorized by the City Clerk.
Sec. 852.  Prohibition against Influencing a Voter or Divulging a Voter’s Selection.
Anyone assisting any voter in the marking of a ballot must not influence or attempt to influence the voter in the selection of candidates to be voted on, or for or against any measure, and after assisting the voter, shall not divulge any information regarding the marking of the ballot. 
Sec. 853.  Oath Required of those Assisting a Voter.
(a)   The person or persons assisting the voter in marking the voter’s ballot shall subscribe and take an oath before assisting the voter, declaring that they will assist the voter in marking or punching the ballot and will not give any information, now or hereafter, regarding the same.
(b)   The affidavits may be sworn to before any Precinct Board Member of election competent to administer an oath, and, with the endorsements thereon, shall be returned to the City Clerk with the other election materials and records.  The Precinct Board Member having charge of the Roster of Registered Voters shall enter therein the names of those voters assisted in marking their ballots.
Sec. 854.  Use of Voter Sign-in Table.
No one shall be permitted during the hours within which voting is in progress to sit at the desk or table used by the Precinct Board other than Precinct Board Members and voters signing their names on the Roster of Registered Voters.
Sec. 855.  No Closure of the Polling Place During the Hours of Election.
No adjournment or intermission shall take place until the polling place is closed and until all the ballots cast at the polling place are reconciled for delivery to the return center or tally center.  This shall not prevent the temporary absence of one Precinct Board Member at a time while taking meals or for any other necessary purpose.
Sec. 856.  Ten – Minute Announcement of Closing of the Polling Place.
Ten minutes before the hour of closing the polling place, a Precinct Board Member shall make a public proclamation in a loud and distinct voice to the people outside of the polling place that in 10 minutes the polling place will be closed.
Sec. 857.  Announcing the Closing of the Polling Place.
When the time arrives for the closing of the polling place, all Precinct Board Members shall be present, and the Inspector shall, in a loud and distinct voice, proclaim to the people outside of the polling place that the polling place is closed, except to receive the vote of the voters as may at the time be within the election booths or waiting in line either inside or outside of the polling place for an opportunity to vote.  If at the time of closing there are any other voters in the polling place, or in line at the door, and have not been able to vote, these voters and only these voters shall be allowed to cast their votes.  Only those persons present at the time of closing shall be entitled to vote.
Article F – Polling Place Close-Out Procedures
Sec. 858.  Reconciliation of Ballots.
(a)   All of the unused, spoiled, cancelled, and rejected ballots, or in the case of electronic voting equipment, the ballot cartridge or equivalent device, shall be placed in the boxes or envelopes provided for the purpose by the City Clerk properly sealed, signed by the Precinct Board Members, and handled pursuant to instructions by the City Clerk.
(b)   The Precinct Board shall then reconcile all ballots cast.
Sec. 859.  Preparing and Sealing Ballots for Delivery.
After the reconciliation of the ballots by the Precinct Board has been completed, all voted ballots, supplies, and records of the election shall be prepared for delivery and placed in the boxes or envelopes provided for the purpose by the City Clerk properly sealed, signed by the Precinct Board Members, and handled pursuant to instructions by the City Clerk.
Sec. 860.  Return of Supplies and Equipment. 
After completion of the ballot reconciliation process, the Precinct Board shall prepare all voting equipment and other polling place supplies and return them pursuant to instruction by the City Clerk.
Sec. 861.  Disposition of Voting Booths. 
The booth, or booths, shall be dismantled by the Precinct Board and handled pursuant to instructions issued by the City Clerk.
Sec. 862.  Designation of Precinct Board Members to Deliver Ballots and Supplies to the City Clerk.
Before the Precinct Board adjourns, it shall select and agree upon two members to act as custodians to be entrusted with the duties of delivering without delay, directly from the polling place to the return center the ballots or ballot cartridges or equivalent device, voting equipment and other polling place supplies as directed by the City Clerk.
Sec. 863.  Return Center.
The City Clerk may establish one or more return centers at locations specified by the City Clerk.  Each return center so designated shall serve those precincts as may be determined by the City Clerk.
Sec. 864.  Receipt of Ballots, Equipment and Supplies at the Return Center. 
Upon receipt of the ballots or ballot cartridges, voting equipment or equivalent device, and other polling place supplies at the return center, the Deputy CityClerksassigned to that return center shall make certain that they havereceivedfrom each precinct all the election equipment and supplies to be returned and that the box or envelope containing the ballots, or in the case of electronic voting the ballot cartridge, or equivalent device, is properly sealed.
Sec. 865.  Delivery of Ballots, Equipment and Supplies to the City Clerk. 
The ballots or ballot cartridges, voting equipment or equivalent device and other polling place supplies delivered to all return centers shall in turn be transported to the City Clerk in a manner and by a method as may be determined by the City Clerk.
Sec. 866.  Authority of the City Clerk to Require Precinct Board to Produce Missing Ballots or Correct Ballot Reconciliation Materials. 
If it shall appear to the City Clerk that the ballots, ballot cartridges or equivalent device from any precinct are missing, the City Clerk shall require the Precinct Board to produce the missing ballots or ballot cartridges or equivalent device. If any clerical errors in the ballot reconciliation are noted by the City Clerk, the City Clerk may require the Precinct Board to appear before the City Clerk and correct clerical errors.