YSC, Title 7.  Elections
 
 
 
Chapter 9.  Counting of Ballots

901.  Counting of ballots; announcement of unofficial results.
902.  Certification of election results.
903.  Local Counting and Tabulating Committee.
904.  Rejected ballots.
905.  Imperfectly marked ballots void.
906.  Spoiled ballot.
907.  Ballot not rejected for technical error.
908.  Only invalid portion rejected.
909.  Write-in votes.

     901.  Counting of ballots; announcement of unofficial results.
     The Election Commissioner shall establish a Counting and Tabulation Committee composed of not less than five members.  The said committee shall publicly count and tally all votes cast and determine the acceptability thereof. Each candidate or his authorized representative shall be entitled to be present at the tabulation of the votes.  Upon the completion of the counting and tabulation of all votes cast, public announcement of the unofficial results shall be made.

Source:  YSL 2-81 1, modified.

     902.  Certification of election results.
     Upon completion of the counting and tabulation of election results, the Election Commissioner shall certify the election results and declare the winning candidates.

Source:  YSL 2-81 1, modified.

     903.  Local Counting and Tabulating Committee.
     In election districts or precincts outside Yap Islands Proper, the Election Commissioner may appoint a local committee to count, tabulate, certify and report votes in such manner and according to such rules and regulations as the Election Commissioner may establish.

Source:  YSL 2-81 1, modified.

     904.  Rejected ballots.
     All ballots which have been declared invalid due to total defacement or other irregularity shall be sorted and a notation placed upon them indicating that they are rejected ballots.  Upon completion of the counting of the ballots, the rejected ballots shall be placed in the ballot box and returned by the counting and tabulating committee to the Election Commissioner with the validly cast ballots.

Source:  YSL 2-81 1, modified.

     905.  Imperfectly marked ballots void.
     Two or more markings in one voting square or a mark made partly within and partly without a voting square or space do not make a ballot void.

Source:  YSL 2-81 1, modified.

     906.  Spoiled ballot.
     Any voter who spoils a ballot may return it to a member of the election board and receive another in its place, one at a time, not to exceed three in all.

Source:  YSL 2-81 1, modified.

     907.  Ballot not rejected for technical error.
     No ballot shall be rejected for any technical error unless it is impossible to determine the voter's choice, even though the ballot is spoiled or partially defaced.

Source:  YSL 2-81 1, modified.

     908.  Only invalid portion rejected.
     If for any reason, a ballot is imperfectly marked or if it is impossible to determine the voter's choice for any office, his ballot shall not be counted for that office, but the rest of his ballot, if properly marked, shall be counted.

Source:  YSL 2-81 1, modified.

     909.  Write-in votes.
     Any name written upon a ballot shall be counted as a vote for the person whose name is so written for the office under which it is written.

Source:  YSL 2-81 1, modified.