.01 Storage of Materials.

A. Document Retention. A local board shall retain for 22 months after an election:

(1) Absentee ballot applications;

(2) Voted absentee ballots;

(3) Return envelopes; and

(4) Certificates of assistance.

B. Disposal of Unvoted Ballots.

(1) A local board may dispose of any unvoted absentee ballots at least 30 days after State certification of an election or the conclusion of a recount, whichever is later.

(2) A local board is not required to shred unvoted absentee ballots.