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Article 68
 

(1) The voter shall first prove his identity (§§ 67 and 70 al. 1). If he is registered in the electoral list, the polling officer shall give him the empty voting envelope and the official ballot paper. In case of a voter with an electoral card the polling officer shall, after the opening of the envelope (§ 39 al. 3) to be delivered to him by this person, return the official ballot paper lying inside together with the voting envelope ready to be sealed. In case of a voter with an electoral card from the own regional constituency the polling officer shall hand out the empty voting envelope instead of the voting envelope ready to be sealed. The polling officer shall destroy the voting envelope ready to be sealed. The polling officer shall instruct every voter with an electoral card to use the ballot paper already handed out at the issue of the electoral card. If, however, a voter with an electoral card does no longer have this ballot paper, he shall be given a ballot paper of the regional constituency (§ 75), provided that his electoral card bears the name of that regional constituency wherein which the place of election is situated, if, however, he is a voter with an electoral card from another regional constituency, he shall be given a blank official ballot paper (§ 76). The polling officer shall write on the blank official ballot paper, before giving it to the voter, the number of the provincial constituency and the letter of the regional constituency, being indicated on the electoral card. If a voter with an electoral card does no longer have the voting envelope ready to be sealed, he shall be given a new voting envelope ready to be sealed of his provincial constituency.

(2) The polling officer shall instruct the voter to go into the voting booth. There the voter shall fill out the official ballot, put it into the envelope, leave the voting booth and hand over the envelope to the polling officer. This person shall put the unopened envelope into the ballot box. In case the voting envelope is from a voter with an electoral card, who is not registered in a community of the regional constituency as entitled to vote, this person shall seal the voting envelope before giving it to the polling officer. The polling officer shall put the voting envelopes of these voters with electoral cards into a special box. The assessor marking the names of the voters in the electoral list (§ 69 al. 1) shall take care that the polling officer does not mistakenly put voting envelopes, given to him by voters with electoral cards of other regional constituencies, into the general ballot box.

(3) If the voter makes a mistake in filling out the official ballot, he shall be given another ballot paper at his request; al. 1 shall be applied accordingly. The voter shall invalidate in front of the electoral authority the official ballot, first given to him, by means of tearing, and take it with him for the purpose of maintaining the electoral privacy.

(4) In any case, the issue of another official ballot shall be noted in the ballot register.