74. Within ten days following the date of the closing of the poll, the secretary of the order shall proceed to the counting of the votes in the presence of the scrutineers designated by the board of directors; the number of such scrutineers must be three or such greater number as the board of directors may fix in a regulation under paragraph b of section 93.
Any ballot paper marked within one or more of the blank spaces provided for that purpose shall be considered valid.
However, the secretary of the order shall reject a ballot paper if it
(1) was not certified by the secretary of the order;
(2) is not marked;
(3) is marked for more candidates than there are to elect;
(4) is marked for a person who is not a candidate;
(5) is marked outside the space provided for voting purposes;
(6) bears a fanciful or injurious marking; or
(7) bears a mark by which the elector can be identified.
No ballot paper may be rejected for the sole reason that the mark extends beyond the space provided for voting purposes or that the space is not completely filled in.
In case of a tie-vote, a drawing of lots determines which candidate is elected.
1973, c. 43, s. 73; 1974, c. 65, s. 14; 1975, c. 80, s. 5; 1994, c. 40, s. 64; 2000, c. 13, s. 15; 2008, c. 11, s. 1; 2009, c. 35, s. 6.