3599.23 Prohibitions concerning election materials or papers.

(A) No printer or other person entrusted with the printing, custody, or delivery of registration cards or forms, ballots, blanks, pollbooks, cards of instruction, or other required papers shall do any of the following:

(1) Knowingly and unlawfully open or permit to be opened a sealed package containing ballots or other printed forms;

(2) Knowingly give or deliver to another not lawfully entitled to them, or unlawfully misplace or carry away, or knowingly fail to deliver, or knowingly destroy any such forms or packages of ballots, or a ballot, pollbooks, cards of instruction, or other required papers;

(3) Negligently lose or permit to be taken from the printer or other entrusted person any of the materials described in division (A)(2) of this section.

(B) No person entrusted with the preparation, custody, or delivery of marking devices shall do either of the following:

(1) Unlawfully open or permit to be opened a sealed package containing marking devices, or give or deliver to another not lawfully entitled to them any such marking devices;

(2) Unlawfully or carelessly use or negligently lose or permit to be taken from the printer or other entrusted person and fail to deliver or destroy any such marking devices.

(C) Whoever violates division (A)(1) or (2) or (B) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. Whoever violates division (A)(3) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Effective Date: 12-09-1997